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Tours by appointment only, $5 suggested donation per tour participant.
Please call ahead to schedule a tour, 1-2 business days notice preferred.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone: 610-683-1589
22 Luckenbill Road
Kutztown, Pa 19530

If you would like to schedule a group tour, please email us at heritage@kutztown.edu.

If you are a teacher looking to bring a class for a field trip, please use our School Reservation Request Form. If you are a Kutztown University faculty member, please use this KU Class Form.


The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Pennsylvania German heritage. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead on the Kutztown Campus, the Heritage Center offers access for both the public and KU students to historic buildings and exhibits, a world-class research library collection, as well as seasonal events, conferences, lectures and classes in Pennsylvania German dialect through the KU modern language department. An extensive research library is available for all who wish to conduct genealogical, historical, linguistic and cultural research. The Heritage Center is also the proud home of several regular publications, including Hiwwe wie Driwwe, the world's only Pennsylvania German dialect newspaper, the Pennsylvania Dutch Dialect Calendar Series in partnership with Masthof Press and the Annual Volume Publication Series, which showcases premier research in Pennsylvania German Culture. 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 the preservation of Pennsylvania German culture.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday:
10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4pm

Tours By Appointment Only
Please call ahead to schedule your tour. 

If you would like to schedule a group tour, please email us at: heritage@kutztown.edu

Upcoming Events

June 30-July 8, 2018
Kutztown Folk Festival (10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, till 8 p.m. on weekends)
Visit the Heritage Center at the One Room Schoolhouse at at the Hex Sign demonstration. Check out www.kutztownfestival.com for details.

July 23-27, 2018
Children's Cultural Camp (9:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. daily)
Children ages 6-14 (grades 1-7) eill be provided with an opportunity to learn historic and cultural crafts taught by local craftspeople, as well as a chance to delve into the lives of the Pennsylvania Dutch farm family.

September 22, 2018
Heemet Fescht (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Celebrate the Harvest with vendors, craftsmen, artisans, folklife demonstrations, kids activities, food, music and fun! This event is free!

Now Available!
Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Braucherei & the Ritual of Everyday Life
This lavishly illustrated work introduces Pennsylvania's tradition of ritual healing, known as powwow (or Braucherei in Pennsylvania Dutch), combining a diverse array of prayers, gestures, and the use of everyday objects, these rituals are used for healing the body, protection from physical and spiritual harm, and ensuring good outcomes in everyday affairs.

Order your copy of this wonderful publication today!

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