Albany Township Historical
Dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of Albany Township, Berks County,
American Folklife Institute
Dedicated to researching
American folk culture among the Pennsylvania Dutch people of southeastern,
Pennsylvania. Our institute records their architecture, antiques, craftsmanship,
customs, and religious folklife. Our Folklife staff records changes in
this 17th and 18th century born early American culture, as modern assimilation
infiltrates the Pennsylvania Dutch way of life.
The Berks County
www.berksweb.com/histsoc - To collect, preserve, and foster an appreciation
for the historically important physical culture of our country, and further, it
is to promote in present-day citizens of all ages an interest and knowledge of
past area events, people and cultural heritage in order to instill a sense of
pride in local history which may act as a foundation for future successes.
Oldest existing structure built for Methodist use in Pennsylvania.
Cocalico Valley Historical
www.cocalicovalleyhs.org - We are
dedicated to acquiring, preserving, and interpreting material pertaining to the
heritage of the Northern Lancaster County community known as the Cocalico Valley
and making this material accessible to the public. The Cocalico Valley is
defined as the townships of East and West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl and
a portion of Earl. This includes the boroughs of Akron, Adamstown, Denver and
Conrad Weiser Homestead, Berks
County, PA -
28 Weiser Lane
Womelsdorf, PA 19567 610-589-2934
is a Pennsylvania state historic site
located in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania which interprets the life of
Conrad Weiser. Weiser was an 18th century German immigrant who served as an
Indian interpreter and who helped coordinate Pennsylvania's Indian policy. He
played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania. The Conrad Weiser
Homestead is located on Rt. 422, within easy driving distance of Philadelphia,
Lancaster, Hershey and Harrisburg. Come and enjoy this rural countryside dotted
with the surviving period stone houses and traditional farms. The Conrad Weiser
Homestead includes period buildings, and a new orientation exhibit, on a 26-acre
Olmsted-designed landscaped park.
Upcoming events at Conrad Weiser
18th Century German religious community with outstanding arts and architecture.
Germantown Historical Society
- Founded in 1901 as the
Site and Relic Society of Germantown, the Germantown Historical Society is
dedicated to preserving, protecting, and interpreting the rich and diverse
history of the historic German Township (now Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut
Hill) in northwest Philadelphia
Goschenhoppen Historians Inc.
http://www.goschenhoppen.org - Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc., was founded
in 1964 in order to preserve the folk culture of the area's earliest immigrant
settlers, known as the Pennsylvania Germans.
Hans Herr House
www.hansherr.org - The
1719 Hans Herr House, built in that year by Hans� son Christian, is the oldest
surviving dwelling place of European settlers in what is now Lancaster County,
Heritage Center of Lancaster
www.lancasterheritage.com - The Heritage Center of Lancaster County operates
two museums. The Lancaster Cultural History Museum collects, preserves and
interprets Lancaster County's history and decorative arts through its permanent
collection, annual exhibitions and education programs. The Lancaster Quilt &
Textile Museum includes the finest collection of authentic 18th through 20th
century Amish quilts, decorative needlework, clothing and other textile arts all
indigenous to this region. The hallmark of this, Lancaster's newest museum, is
the famed Esprit Quilt Collection.
Founded in 1966, Historic Schaefferstown, Inc. is a non-profit, educational
organization dedicated to the culture and unique history of Schaefferstown and
southeastern region of Lebanon County, PA.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
We invite you to explore the origins
and diversity of Pennsylvania and the United States, from the colonial period
and the nation's founding to the experience of contemporary life. Conduct
research in the online catalogs, browse our exhibits and publications, and join
us in preserving and understanding our heritage as a diverse and dynamic people.
Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley
P.O. Box 26708
Collegeville, PA 19426-0708, Ph:(610) 489-7560 FAX: (610) 489-5121 email:
www.trappehistoricalsociety.org - The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville,
Perkiomen Valley which was founded in 1964 as a non-profit educational society
to: encourage local historical research and publication of the results, promote
historical activities in the community, and encourage the preservation of
historic sites. As part of that mission the Society has restored the Henry
Melchior Muhlenberg House. The House tells the story of Henry Muhlenberg who
settled in Trappe Pennsylvania in 1742 to preach to and support the German
community and to communicate to the Lutheran elders in Germany the development
and growth of the Lutheran Church in America. Here at the site of his
retirement, Muhlenberg would hold his community together during the American
Revolution and see his sons Peter and Frederick help build a new nation.
The Society�s headquarters is located in the Dewees Museum, located at the
intersection of Main Street and Route 113 in the center of Trappe. Constructed
between 1740 and 1750, it was a tavern for many years and served as a stagecoach
stop, a polling place, a local court, and was the scene of local rallies for
presidential campaigns. Ongoing and special exhibits emphasize the heritage of
the area, often with lectures that provide insight and depth. Visit us at
www.trappehistoricalsociety.org for up-to-date information on our many
activiities and get to meet some of the folks who make it all happen.
Kutztown Area Historical
http://www.kutztownhistory.org - Dedicated to preserving and recording the
history of the Kutztown area.
Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival
Kutztown, PA P.O. Box 306 Ephrata, PA 19522
firstname.lastname@example.org - Folklife, farming and gardening,
churches and weddings, PA-Dutch dialect and folklore, spinning and weaving,
country cooks, blacksmiths, furniture, candles, and more... Mouthwatering
PA-Dutch Food! Tantalizing family style feasts, ox roasts, sausage sandwiches,
pies, pastries and lots more! Non-stop entertainment. Live music and dancing,
comedy, country auctions, parades and bands. Fiddling, storytelling and
historical seminars and traditions.Witness a 19th century hanging or take part
in an old-fashioned cake walk.
The best examples of Pennsylvania Dutch and early American folk art and
crafts are found in the outstanding works of 200 of the nation�s most skilled
Included in the 2008 festival will be fine furniture, miniatures,
pottery,clothing, musical instruments, hand-painted art, iron ornaments,
weavings, brooms, baskets, florals, hex painting, jewelry, leather, cut paper
art known as �scherenschnitte,� Pennsylvania German calligraphic writing called
"fraktur", beeswax candles and more.
www.lmhs.org - To
educate and inspire Mennonite families and congregations and the broader
community through promotion of the history, beliefs, and lifestyle of the
Landis Valley Museum
http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org - The Landis Valley Farm Museum: Outdoor Museum Complex.
Lehigh County Historical
www.lehighcountyhistoricalsociety.org -Lehigh County has 10,000 years of
human history and millions of stories: tales of the first hunters and the first
farmers; the enduring Pennsylvania Germans; the passions of the Revolution; the
toil of immigrants in the mills; the hustle of city streets; floods, fires,
massacres; potatoes and silicon chips. There is a whole world in Lehigh County
history for you to explore through our library, museum, historic sites, and
Lower Macungie Township Historical Society
PO Box 3722, Wescosville, PA 18106 Email: LMTHS@macungie.org.
Macungie Historical Society's Headquarters is at the Lower Macungie Township
Building on Brookside Road, Macungie, Pennsylvania. It is open during Society
meetings and by appointment only.
The history of Lower Macungie Township, in western Lehigh County, is being
preserved today by a group of dedicated local residents who have seen much of
the traditional township landscape disappear in recent years. We can still see
many barns and old stone homes, often beautifully restored to suit our modern
way of life. But the farmsteads themselves are in most cases no longer active,
and housing developments have taken over much of the farmland.
The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society was formed in 1989, initially
to save a log house built in about 1790 from demolition. The log house, in the
village of Wescosville along busy Route 222, a former King's Highway, was moved
a hundred yards west into a township park, where it is being maintained by the
society. Plans are to restore the interior as funds become available. The
society is developing an Historic Structures Inventory and conducts a public
lecture series on local history in conjunction with the Macungie Historical
Society and Kalmbach Memorial Park.
http://www.macungie.pa.us/Macungie Institute/Home Page.htm
The Macungie Institute, home of the Macungie Historical Society, is located at
510 East Main Street (PA Route 100) in Macungie, one block south of the traffic
light at the Chestnut Street intersection.
Max Kade Institute
http://csumc.wisc.edu/mki/ - Devoted to the study of the German-American
experience. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mennonite Historians of Eastern
http://mhep.org - Online home of
the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Mennonite Heritage
http://rootsweb.com/~usmags/ - The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society was founded
to stimulate and facilitate research on Germanic ancestors who settled in the
www.montcopa.org/historicsites/ - Explore the historic sites to experience
the history of Montgomery County.
Museums of Berks County
The member organizations of the Berks County Museum Council invite you to
explore an incredibly wide range of historical sites and sources. You'll find
technology, art, and the unique history of the people and places of this diverse
area, all in the beautiful and historic setting of Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Oley Valley Pennsylvania Dutch
- Our Pennsylvania German Club meets in the Oley High School
(17 Jefferson St Oley, PA 19547)
Rm 123 first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. We sing PA Dutch songs,
talk PA Dutch, play games in the dialect, learn about the history of our people,
talk over current events, have parties, and we write and translate and perform
skits for the Oley Daal fersammling.
We plan community activities such as "Dutch Day"
at the Oley Fair, Colonial Days for the Elementary School, choral concerts at
nursing homes, and a Dutch Summer school course for school children. We have a
spring field trip and a summer picnic. Some of us are native speakers, others
are learners. Some are "young", others less so. Some come as couples, other's
don't. Some talk alot, some listen alot. Some are very involved, others appear
when their schedules permit. Everyone feels included. Kumm fer en gutte Zeit.
Date for 2008: Jan 7 & 21, Feb. 4, Mar 3, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19.
The Pastorius Home Association, Inc. PO Box 66
Germansville, PA 18053 (610) 767-6981; (610) 264-3373 (Fax); Email:
The Pastorius Home Association, Inc. seeks to
preserve the German language, heritage, and culture in America, to promote
American history and culture among Germans, to operate the Pastorius Haus
(Germany) and the Pastorius Center (USA), and encourage friendship between
Americans and Germans through student and adult education, exchanges, travel,
Pennsylvania German Friends
- The Pennsylvania
German Friends (Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch Freind) hold a regular meeting
on the third Thursday of most months at St Peter's Lutheran Church, 1933
Hanover Avenue, Allentown. The gatherings are free and open to the
public. Various aspects of the heritage and dialect of the
Pennsylvania Dutch people in the Lehigh Valley are highlighted. The
ability to converse in the dialect is not necessary, although some
familiarity is helpful. For further information, call 610-264-2979.
Pennsylvania German Cultural
http://www.kutztown.edu/community/pgchc -The Pennsylvania German
Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is a place, a museum, and a
year-round program. The Center represents the commitment of Kutztown University
to the preservation of Pennsylvania German ("Pennsylvania Dutch") history,
folkore, and traditions.
Pinegrove Historical Society
Since it's inception in 1989, the Pinegrove Historical Society has made a
commitment to researching, recording, and preserving the history and traditions
of this close-knit Pennsylvania Dutch community so that future generations may
Pennsylvania Historical and
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respected directory of Pennsylvania historical, genealogical and preservation
societies on the web
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Web site for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Save the Speaker's
Box 26686 Collegeville, PA 19426
Tel: (610) 489-2105
of Save the Speaker's House, Inc. is to restore, preserve, and interpret
the home of Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, first and third Speaker of the U.S.
House, and to promote an understanding of leadership and American history and
culture through research and educational programming.
Our goal is to establish a living history museum that is free and open to the
public. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Revolutionary War
period, early American government, and the contributions of Frederick Muhlenberg
to his country. A visitor center is also planned complete with space for
exhibitions, a research library, and a meeting area to hold public workshops and
lectures on history, leadership, and other topics.
Schwenkfelder Library and
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history
of the Schwenkfelders AND the history of the Upper Perkiomen Valley region.
State Museum of Pennsylvania
- The State
Museum of Pennsylvania covers all aspects of Pennsylvania history and holds
significant collections, that relate to some of America�s most seminal,
well-known events as well as important, historical individuals. Situated next to
the State Capitol building, The State Museum is a mecca for 315,000
schoolchildren and adults who visit annually, seeking history and culture.
Society for German-American Studies
www.ulib.iupui.edu/kade/sgasin.html - SGAS was established in 1968 as an
international professional association of individuals and institutions
interested in the field of German-American studies. It is registered in the
State of Ohio as a non-profit organization.
York County Heritage Trust
York County Heritage Trust is an educational institution that uses its
collections, historic sites, and documentary resources to inspire people to
explore the history and culture of York County Pennsylvania.
Valley Brethren Mennonite
www.VBMHC.org -The mission of
the Heritage Center is to share and celebrate the story of Jesus Christ as it
has been reflected in the lives of the Mennonites and Brethren in the Shenandoah
Winterthur, an American country estate, is
the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector
and horticulturist. In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father,
Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th-
and19th-century European country houses.
Atlantic Times - A Monthly Newspaper from Germany
www.bundesregierung.de - News, Magazines, and other Direct Links to Germany.
Accessible in German, English, French and Spanish.
Deutsche und inter-
Hiwwe wie Driwwe
- Ebbes in de Mudderschprooch.
www.sz-newsline.de/welcome.htm - Saarbr�cker Zeitung: An online German
Explore PA History
http://www.explorepahistory.com/ExplorePAHistory/home.do? - Your gateway to
Pennsylvania past and present.
Access to the world's largest family history library sponsored by The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)
http://www.frakturweb.org/ -This collection of resources is devoted to the
Pennsylvania German folk art form called "fraktur." It features two research
projects: an inventory of fraktur artists identified in the secondary literature
and a bibliography of published resources on fraktur.
German American Corner
- U.S. Population Statistics Looking at German Ancestry in the U.S. 1990 Census.
Once Upon a Hex
http://www.onceuponahex.com/ - A website devoted to the spirituality and
magic of the Pennsylvania Germans.
PA German Stones
Website dedicated to research on Pennsylvania German tombstones.
German American Festival
purpose of the G.A.F. Society is to create and promote a better understanding of
German and Swiss Cultural Activities and to establish a German-Swiss-American
Reading Berks Guild of
www.rbcrafts.org - We are
a non-profit organization, whose activities are supported entirely by volunteer
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