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Heritage Library Center

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...the heart of the Heritage Center for genealogical, historical and cultural research. 

Highlights of the holdings at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center Library include eighteenth and nineteenth century immigration records, the Pfälz emigration records from the Institut für Pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskunde in Kaiserslautern, Germany and the Germans to America Series 1840 to 1897. The collection also includes church and cemetery records, will abstracts, tax and land records of several Pennsylvania counties; local, county, family histories; Revolutionary and Civil War records; the published Pennsylvania Archives, and works regarding the culture, dialect and folklore of the Pennsylvania Dutch. 

The library also houses the Pennsylvania German Society publications and the Don Yoder Folklife Collection. 

Researchers are welcome during regularly scheduled hours and by appointment. Genealogists are on site Tuesday through Friday. The library is open at no charge to members of the PGCHC. There is a charge of $5 for non-members. 

A member of the library staff is available to conduct research for individuals who cannot visit the library. Research Request Forms may be obtained by calling the library, writing, emailing or by clicking here for a .pdf file. 

Library Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Other times by appointment. 
Closed on holidays. 

Phone: 484-646-4165

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:

Upcoming Events

April 13th, 2019
Easter on the Farm (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Celebrate the Easter traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Kids crafts, egg hunts, hearth cooking demonstrations, vendors, barrel rides and more! This event is free.

April 27-28, 2019
Old Time Plow Boys Spring Plow Show (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Tractor demonstrations, music, food, vendors. More info at

June 29-July 7, 2019
Kutztown Folk Festival (10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, 8 p.m. on weekends)
Visit us at the One Room Schoolhouse, the Barn Star painting demonstration, and the folk art exhibition.

Now Showing!

March 1 - November 3, 2019

Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars

A collaborative effort between Glencairn Museum and the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Glencairn invites a diverse audience to engage with religious beliefs and practices, past and present, with the goal of fostering empathy and building understanding among people of all beliefs.

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