Annual Volume Series
| Vol. III -
(1969) Four Pennsylvania German Studies
179 pp., Illus. 1) A Report of Archaeological
Investigations at the Ephrata Cloister, 1963 --- Dale E. Biever. 2)
Rachel Bahn, Pennsylvania Poetess --- Preston A. Barba. 3) Similarities
and Dissimilarities between Pennsylvania German and Rhenish Palatinate
Dialects --- Albert F. Buffington. 4) Parochial Registers of the Indian
Creek Reformed Church, (Montgomery County),
1753-1851. (weight 1 lb 7 oz)
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Vol. V - (1971)
Selections from Arthur Graeff's "Scholla"```1
--- Arthur Graeff, ed.
202 pp. with index.
An entertaining selection of English
language newspaper columns by Arthur Graeff (1899-1969)
concerning historical to mid-20th
century folklife and lore.
Some dialect material is included.
$15.00 (Members $12.00)
Vol. VIII -
(1974) PG Secular Folk Songs
--- Albert F. Buffington, 181 pp., Hardcover, with index. Music and
text in the dialect (with full English translation) of 97 folk songs,
many with variant versions. A major source for scholars and
IX - (1975) Bilder un Gedanke
--- Russell W. Gilbert. 119 pp., Illus. A selection of 100 poems in the
dialect by Gilbert (1905-1985), a major scholar and poet.
Partial English translations and summaries are
XV - (1981) Pastors and People, II
--- Charles H. Glatfelter. 544 pp., many illustrations, maps, tables
and documents. A companion volume to Vol. 1. An important social
history, well written and accessible. Both volumes are also of use to
XIX - (1985) 18th Century Emigrants from German-Speaking
Lands to N. America -W. Palatinate, Vol. II
--- Annette Kunselman Burgert. 405 pp., maps, photographs, ship
indices, European place names and surnames. An important source book
XX - (1986) Farming Always Farming A Photographic Essay of
Rural Pennsylvania German Land and Life
--- H. Winslow Fegley (1871-1944), ed. Alan G. Keyser and Frederick S.
Weiser. Intro. Scott Swank. 312 pp. Elegantly designed book contains
301 black and white photographs of farm and small town life at the
turn-of-the-century. The photos and captions provide a unique
perspective of Pennsylvania German folklife.
XXI-XXII - (1987-88) German Language Printing
--- ed. Karl John Richard Arndt and Reiner C. Eck. Two volume set, 1245
pp., with indices of titles, printers, publishers, stereotypers, places
of printing/publication and genres. Annotated bibliography of 3151
items. A major research resource.
set, $100.00 (Members $80.00)
XXIII - (1989) The Picture Bible of Ludwig Denig
--- ed. Don Yoder. A two volume set: Vol. 1 (180 pp.) With black
& white illustrations and index; Vol. 2 (269 pp.) in color.
Vol. 1 is a critical introduction and English. Translation of a major
fraktur work made by Denig (1755-1830), a Lancaster Co. shoemaker. Vol.
2 is a complete color facsimile of the original. A major contribution
for those interested in religion, social history, music, and the visual
| Vol. XXIV - (1990) That Ingenious
Business Pennsylvania German Organ Builders
--- Raymond J. Brunner. 248 pp., 165 color and black and white photos
and illustrations with index. A study of Pennsylvania German organ
builders from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Of wide
interest for social history, aesthetics and religion.
XXVI - (1992) 18th Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to
--- Annette Kunselman Burgert.
660 pp., with maps, photographs and index. A companion volume to
Burgert�s two earlier studies. An important source book for
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XXIX (1995) Pewter in the PA German Churches
--- Donald M. Herr. 214 pp. with index, bibliography, appendices,
photographs and illustrations. Herr offers up a treasure-trove of
history about an early American art form that was long overlooked by
scholars of Pennsylvania German culture.
XXX - (1996) Hopeful Journeys
---Aaron Spencer Fogleman. 257 pp. with index, bibliography, appendices
and surname index. Fogleman traces the German migrant groups from their
origins to their places of final settlement in the colonies. He
contends that, to a significant degree, the immigrants and their
children developed a new ethnic identity: adapting to the strains of
migration, settlement and politicization, they became Americanized
without becoming less German.
XXXII - (1998) Known By the Work of His Hands
---Claire Messimer. 231 pp., color and black and white illustrations,
maps, bibliography, index. The first book-length study of Pennsylvania
German tombstones in almost fifty years, this generously illustrated
volume focuses on the work of carver Joseph Brownmiller. The author
examines Brownmiller�s art and life in the changing environment of
Pennsylvania German culture in the early Victorian era.
XXXIII (1999). Bucks County
---ed. Cory M. Amsler. 387 pp.
with index, appendix, and color and black and white illustrations.
Richly and profusely illustrated, this volume offers a stunning visual
record of various fraktur forms, while also referencing the social and
cultural milieu in which they were created. The book's essays,
contributed by the leading authorities on this folk art form, touch on
the spiritual, educational, aesthetic, and economic aspects of fraktur
and consider the role played by itinerant artists, extended
communities, and group migrations in transmitting the fraktur
XXXIV (2000). Plain Women: Gender and Ritual in the Old Order River
---Margaret C. Reynolds, ed. and
with a foreword by Simon J. Bronner. 192 pp. with index, bibliography,
list of informants, and black and white illustrations. Despite the
great interest in "plain" groups in recent years, comparatively little
has been written about women and the particular role they play in
preserving traditional religious and cultural values in the modern
world. In this work, Reynolds portrays the women of the Old Order River
Brethren and examines their roles in the ceremonies and traditions that
allow the group to remain "separate" from other plain groups and from
contemporary mass culture.
XXXV (2001). Foreigners
in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic
---Stephen M. Nolt. 208 pp, 14
illustrations/5maps. Historians of the early Republic are
just beginning to tell the stories of the period's ethnic
minorities. Nolt is the first to add the story of the
Pennsylvania Germans to that larger mosaic, showing how they came to
think of themselves at quintessential Americans and simultaneously
constructed a durable sense of ethnicity.
XXXVI (2002). Voices of the
Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata
---Jeff Bach. 282 pp. with index,
notes, bibliographic essay, and black and white illustrations. Based on
impeccable research and new insights into printed and manuscript
resources and recent archaeological investigations, this volume
reexamines and supersedes all previously published work on the
eighteenth century religious community at Ephrata, Pennsylvania. It is
the first of the many books published over the years on Conrad Beissel
and those who joined him on the banks of the Cocalico that gives modern
readers clarity on the religious thought and practice that provided the
context for the mystical understandings of Ephrata's sacred world.
Bach's work has already had an important impact on the way the Ephrata
Cloister historic site is being interpreted; it is a groundbreaking
piece of scholarship.
Vol. XXXVII (2003).To
the Latest Posterity: Pennsylvania-German Family Registers in the
Russell Earnest. 153 pp. with index, bibliography, appendices, 30 black
and white figures, 37 color plates, and index of scriveners. Renowned
experts on fraktur, Corinne and Russell Earnest, turn their attention
to the Pennsylvania German family register tradition and its place in
American social, religious, and cultural traditions. This is the first
book to focus in detail on family registers as part of the fraktur
tradition, and the Earnests offer numerous examples of the art to
explain the importance of these documents in recording Pennsylvania
German genealogy and in the transplanting of roots from Europe to
America. The Earnests also bring the story of the registers into the
present, demonstrating how certain Pennsylvania German groups, such as
the Mennonites and Amish, continue the practice of family registers to
the present day.
| Vol. XXXVIII (2004).
Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John Hostetler; David Weaver-Zercher.
---368 pages; 34 illustrations. Writing the Amish both recounts and assesses
Hostetler's Amish-related work. The first half of the book consists of
four reflective essays�by Donald Kraybill, Simon Bronner, David
Weaver-Zercher, and Hostetler himself�in which Hostetler is the primary
subject. The second half reprints in chronological order fourteen key
writings by Hostetler with commentaries and annotations by
XXXVIIX (2005). PA German
author traces the migration of the broadside from Germany to
America, dedicating each of ten chapters to a specific
broadside subject, including medical broadsides, political and military
broadsides, sale bills, posters, house blessings, and "letters from
heaven." All German texts have been translated or paraphrased. This
book is Intended for historians, folklorists, collectors, and general
readers with more than 200 illustrations and interesting text.
$50.00 (Members $40.00)
XL (2006). Horse & Buggy
B. Kraybill and James P. Hurd
study of the Wenger Mennonites, by Kraybill and Hurd--a sociologist and
an anthropologist-- who use cultural analysis to interpret the Wengers
in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. They compare the Wengers with other
Mennonite groups as well as with the Amish, showing how relationships
with these other groups have had a powerful impact on shaping the
identity of the Wenger Mennonites in the Anabaptist world. As Kraybill
and Hurd show, the Wengers have learned that it is impossible to
maintain a truly static culture, and so their study examines the way in
which the Wengers cautiously and adapt to the ever-changing world
around them and is an invaluable case study of the gradual evolution of
religious ritual in the face of modernity.
(Members $32.00) hardback.
(Members $16.00) paperback.
XLI (2007). Powwowing among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A
Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern Word. David
examines the folk healing practice of powwowing, known in Pennsylvania
Dutch as brauche or braucherei, which was thought to draw upon the
power of God to heal all manner of physical and spiritual ills. Some
people even to this modern day believe that this power to heal came not
from God, but from the devil. ).
In Powwowing Among the
Pennsylvania Dutch, David Kriebel examines the practice of powwowing in
a scholarly light and shows that, contrary to popular belief, the
practice of powwowing is still active today. Because powwowing lacks
extensive scholarly documentation, David Kriebel's research is both a
groundbreaking inquiry and a necessity for the scholar of Pennsylvania
German history and culture.
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XLII (2008). Architecture and Artifacts of the
Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America. Cynthia
G. Falk. ---The
author explores the relationship between ethnicity and the buildings,
personal belongings, and other cultural artifacts of early Pennsylvania
German immigrants and descendants. Such �material culture� has been the
basis of stereotyping Pennsylvania Germans almost since their arrival.
Falk warns us against the typical scholarly overemphasis on
Pennsylvania Germans� assimilation to an English way of life. Rather,
she demonstrates that more than anything, socioeconomic status and
religious affiliation influenced the character of the material culture
of Pennsylvania Germans. Her work also shows how early Pennsylvania
Germans defined their own identities.
256 pages, 103
illustrations, ISBN 978-0-271-03338-9
| Vol. XLIII (2009). Heart
Language; Elsie Singmaster & Her Pennsylvania German Writings.
By Susan Colestock Hill.
---In the footsteps of writers like
Harriet Beecher Stowe and Sarah Orne Jewett, the Pennsylvania German
writings of Elsie Singmaster emerged to great popularity and acclaim
during the early 20th century. Born and raised in the Pennsylvania
German tradition, Elsie Singmaster wrote extensively over the first
half of the twentieth century. Through her intimate knowledge of the
community, Singmaster exposed the nation's expanding readership to
Pennsylvania German beliefs, culture, and distinct dialect without
denigrating the community or resorting to stereotypes. She believed
that the Pennsylvania Germans embodied the best of the nation's ideals,
and she crafted her characters and stories to participate in the
national dialogue about immigration, development, and the definition of
a hard-working, middle-class sensibility grounded in Old World
traditions. While Singmaster's work fell out of site as the century
wore on, her writings remain a significant contribution to the study of
both Pennsylvania German history and culture and also the literature of
the last century. This volume restores to print sixteen of Singmaster's
short stories, reintroducing these important works into a new context
of American development.
Susan Colestock Hill is a graduate of the
Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
280 pages, 16 illustrations, ISBN
Cloth $40.00 (Members $32.00)
Vol. 44 (2010). Die
Pennsylvaanisch Deitsche / The Pennsylvania Germans. By Earl Haag.
Pennsylvaanisch Deitsche / The Pennsylvania Germans makes broadly
accessible representative selections of the picturesque prose and
poetry of the finest authors in the Pennsylvania German dialect
tradition. Edited by the foremost linguist and historian of the
Pennsylvania German dialect today, this delightful classic will serve
dialect speakers, students of Pennsylvania history, and especially
students of the dialect itself. All articles appear with English
translations. Instructive, entertaining, and historically enlightening,
these Es Neinuhr Schtick (The Nine O'Clock Field
Snack) articles originally appeared as weekly columns in the
Schuylkill Haven (PA) Call and the Tremont (PA)
Press and Herald.
Who are the Pennsylvania Germans? The ninety-seven articles in part
one, En Gleeni Gschicht, En Groosi Gschict (A
little History, A Great Story), trace these Germanic emigrants from
their Old World homelands to the soils they sought upon arrival in the
New, their innovative methods of clearing the land for cultivation,
construction of their farms and homes, and their progressive ways of
working the soil and harvesting crops. In homelands, houses, and
farming methods, they differed markedly from the "English", (anyone not
Pennsylvania German), who already occupied much of eastern PA.
part two - Feierdaage, Feschtdaage, un Abbaddiche Daage
(Holidays, Festive Days, and Special Days) - Haag has gathered poetry
and prose to enlighten the reader about the distinctive traditions,
customs, and lore associated with seasons, weather, and holidays
celebrated by the Pennsylvania Germans, even into the present. Possibly
no other ethnic group in America has so thoroughly documented and
immortalized lives and times of its people in its literature.
351 pages, ISBN
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Vol. 45 (2011). Paint,
Pattern, and People - Furniture of Southeast Pennsylvania; 1725 - 1850;
!!! SOLD OUT !!! By
Wendy Cooper & Lisa Minardi.
Vol. 46 (2012). The Heart
of the Taufschein - Fraktur & The Pivotal Role of Berks County,
Pennsylvannia; !!! By Corinne & Russell Earnest.
Vol. 47 (2013). Mountain Mary and
Other Tales of the Pennsylvania Dutch!!! By Dr. Richard Wentz.
Vol. 48 (2014). Pennsylvania Dutch
Folk Spirituality - By Dr. Richard Wentz
Vol. 49 (2015). Oley Valley
Heritage of the Federal Years 1776-1862 - By Richard L.T. Orth and
Richard H. Shaner
Vol. 50 (2016). Schreishm to PA
Pioneers - By John P. Diefenderfer
Vol. 51 (2017). Die Pennsylvaanisch
Deitsche - the Pennsylvania Germans Vol 2 by Earl Haag
Vol. 52 (2018). The History of The
G.S. Peters Co. of PA. Volume 1 - By Rev. Edward Rosenberry
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Vol. 53 (2019). Pennsylvania Dutch Experience 1681-1783 by James Fritz
Vol. 54 (2020). To These Parents Volume 1 Southeastern PA - By Dr. Jon Acker
Vol. 55 (2021). Folk Heroes of the PA Dutch - By Issac Schendel
Vol. 56 (2022). To These Parents Volume 2 Central Pennsylvania - By Dr. Jon Acker
Vol. 57 (2023). The History of The G.S. Peters Co. of PA. Volume 2 - By Rev. Edward Rosenberry
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