October 24, 2014
The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, the Mennonite Heritage Center, and the Goschenhoppen Historians have organized, categorized, and displayed their textile collections online. Click on the Collections Catalog tab to go to the online catalog.
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Our Facebook account is The Goschenhoppen Historians . Click on the icon to go directly to Facebook
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The Goschenhoppen Historians museums are open to the public. However, if you aren't able to visit in person, a new video was made and is now available on YouTube.com, and you can click here to view it. The host is Bob Wood, a Board of Directors member of the Goschenhoppen Historians.
Did you know . . . .?
Did you know that you can now make a financial donation with PayPal ? Click here to go to our Financial Donation page.
Our On-line Bookstore
is NOW OPEN !
We have a few books for sale now, and will be adding to that list shortly. Please note that at the current time the books can only be purchased on-line using PayPal. Please click here to stop and shop!
The Monthly Programs tab is now updated for the remainder of 2013 and 2014.
Membership in the Goschenhoppen Historians is open to the public. It offers many opportunities in which to participate: meetings, seminars, folklife publications, apprentice program, historic preservation, General Store, Folklife Museum, Folk Festival, organ recitals and others.
For more information, click on the above links.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by clicking here.
The Folklife Museum and Library, and the Country Store at Red Men's Hall, Routes 29 and 63 in Green Lane, PA, are opening for the season on April 7. They are open from April through October, except for holidays. The hours are Sundays from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm.
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Just a few items from the 48th Folk Festival held on August 8th and 9th, 2014.
Gary Phillips's Cookstove Oil Painting
Renowned local artist Gary Phillips painted a picture of a cookstove, which is one of many used at the Folk Festival. This painting will be auctioned by silent bid at the Goschenhoppen Historians' Booksellers stand at this year's Festival. The winning bid will be announced at 5:00 pm Saturday, August 9.
The Festival takes many, many hours of preparation each year. Here are some pictures of the Wheat Harvest, where a group of volunteers gather and tie-off wheat bundles, which are used during the Festival by the demonstrators.
The Antes Plantation
Since 1966, The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival has showcased the trades and home skills of the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, over 500 costumed volunteers recreate kitchens, parlors, trade shops, and itinerants to bring to life the hands-on skills from the past.
This family friendly event provides not just an exceptional educational experience, but also gives the
children an opportunity to try first hand the pleasantries of a former time. Dipping candles, creating a rag doll, petting a calf, sampling potato candy, or rolling a barrel hoop bring a sure smile. Moms and Dads will find a new appreciation of the appliances and gadgets that fill homes and garages today when the labor to make dinner or furnish a home in times past is demonstrated: blacksmiths, tinsmiths and whitesmiths sweat over the forges, farmers hoist heavy loads of grain into the horse operated fanning mill, and women make every meal from scratch. Needle workers show the painstaking process of garment construction – starting with the flax seed to the hemming of a linen shirt with all the steps in between.
The annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is always held in August on the 2nd Saturday and the Friday before. It is a non-commercial family oriented day in Goschenhoppen. Old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods are for sale on the festival grounds. Volunteers, dressed in authentic costumes of the periods, use authentic tools in recreating traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Stage programs and lectures, scholarly and entertaining, serious and humorous, in the PA Dutch dialect and in English, are presented throughout the day.
Since 1977 a Student Apprentice Program has introduced and educated countless numbers of school children to the traditional ways of Goschenhoppen. These young apprentices are included each year in festival activities.
Nothing has been left out to make your visit one that the entire family will enjoy. Fantastic foods are available to satisfy every appetite, ample seating under shade trees abounds and a new appreciation of our ancestors is priceless for all. For more information click here or call 215-234-8953.
Read More About Us!
An article from the 2012 Folk Festival was published in the Town and Country, a local newspaper.
To read the two-page article on the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, click here for the first page,
and here for the second page.
Two articles in 2011 have been published in The Morning Call newspaper.
To read the article on the Goschenhoppen's Bake Oven, click here.
To read the article about the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, click here.
Bizarre Foods host, Andrew Zimmern, visited the Antes House - Read all about it as Travel Channel host visits area to sample Pennsylvania German fare (2010),
"Stepping Back In Time" - an article about the Folk Festival in the Pottstown Mercury (2010),
The 45th Folk Festival was highlighted in this story in the Pottstown Mercury (2011).