The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
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The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to preserving and celebrating Pennsylvania German folk culture, history, and language in a unique educational setting at Kutztown University. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead, the Heritage Center engages the University community and the public with seasonal cultural programming, historic buildings and exhibitions, a world-class research library collection, as well as conferences, online-educational resources, lectures, and classes in Pennsylvania Dutch language. An extensive research library is available for all who wish to conduct genealogical, historical, linguistic, and cultural research. The Heritage Center also publishes Hiwwe wie Driwwe, the world's only Pennsylvania German newspaper, and the Annual Publication Series, which showcases premier research in Pennsylvania German Studies. The Heritage Center offers tours of the historic site by appointment to individuals, organizations, and schools. Please visit the Heritage Center, become a member, and help support cultural programming at Kutztown University.
1870's Brick One-Room Schoolhouse
Inside the One-Room Schoolhouse
Reading, writing, and arithmetic books used by children attending one-room schoolhouses.
1814 Stone Farmhouse
School and Group Tours Available
Guided tours can be scheduled by calling the Heritage Center Office.
Entryway to the home looks straight into the kitchen.
Sharadin Farmhouse Parlor
Decorated for Christmas, the parlor fireplace features portraits of Ephram Sharadin and ancestors of Dr. Don Yoder.
Sharadin Farmhouse Kitchen
The large hearth is the focal point of this well-used kitchen.
The Heritage Center works closely with multiple departments at Kutztown University to provide internships for students.
Sharadin Bank Barn
1820's Bank Barn
Student Workers are able to try their hand at traditional crafts of the PA Germans
Corrigan Log Cabin
Now used as a Tin Smith Shop, the Corrigan Log Cabin also showcases a collection of tools.
The Heritage Center has a variety of opportunities for students on site.
Sharadin Summer kitchen
The Heritage Center museum is currently closed to the public for tours and activities due to the construction of the Heritage Center’s new headquarters, library, and archives building. To learn more about this exciting new project please visit us at kuf.org.
All other requests for research or information must be scheduled by appointment only. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a staff member.
Hours of Office Operation:
Monday through Friday:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
22 Luckenbill Road
Kutztown, PA 19530