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Membership

Memberships constitute the single greatest source of income used to run the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. We are asking you, the viewer and visitor, to become a member.

We need your support now more than ever. Encourage others to join, upgrade your membership class, or even send a small donation. Anything is appreciated and we thank you for your consideration as a member.

There are six membership categories: 

Paerson $25
(Individual) 

Familye (Family) $50
(includes children under 18)

Hunnert Daaler Helfer $100
(Hundred Dollar Helper)

Gross Helfer $100 - $499
(Big Helper)

Hoch Gewwe Glieder $500 - $1000
(Top Giver)

Leweszeit Glieder $2,500 +
(Lifetime Member)

Membership contributions support the Center's educational programs, special programs for school children, seasonal festivals, the development of the Center for our extensive collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts, and for research into Pennsylvania German life and history. Most of all, membership contributions help to keep the culture and traditions alive for our generation and the next!

Please call the Center at (610) 683-1589 for a free, sample copy of our newsletter, membership application and more information. 

You may also download the membership form below. The PDF is interactive and you will be able to type your answers right in the document. After filling in the form, print and mail to the PGCHC. At this time, please note that we can only take cash or check payments.

Membership Application Form (PDF)

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

March 23rd, 2019
Hex Sign Folk Art Tour of Berks County (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

$50 per person (members); $65 per person (non-members).

Continental breakfast and box lunch included. The members' discount also applies to members of the Heritage Center. Participants who do not wish to begin the tour in Bryn Athyn may have lunch at the Heritage Center and board the bus at that time; the bus will return to the Heritage Center before departing for Bryn Athyn.Advance tickets go on sale beginning January 23. Register by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Join us for an exploration of the barn star region of Northern Berks County, an area with the highest concentration of decorated barns in Pennsylvania. With a special emphasis on the hills and dales of Albany Township and the surrounding communities, participants will discover a wide variety of traditional barn stars (also known as hex signs), and explore the folklore of this diverse and colorful artistic tradition. The tour will be led by Patrick J. Donmoyer, guest curator of Glencairn's featured exhibition, Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at Glencairn and an introduction to the exhibition. The bus will then take participants to the classic 19th-century farmstead on the grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. (A box lunch will be provided at this site.) Finally, participants will board the bus again and tour the rural landscape of the region, featuring country churches, one-room school houses, and Pennsylvania Dutch farms punctuated with colorful folk art.

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
Tractor demonstrations, music, food, vendors. More info at www.oldtimeplowboys.com.

Now Available!

We have a few PA Dutch Calendars left for sale - Perfect as a small, meaningful gift year round!
Calendars are $12 each, and we can send a copy directly to you for an additional $3 shipping and handling.

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