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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

August 11-12, 2018
Old Time Plow Boys Late Summer Show (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Music, food, tractor models on display, tractor pulls, vendors, and more. Visit for more information.

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.

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