June 18, 2013
Folk Festival - 2013
It may be early, but mark your calendars for the 2013 Folk Festival. It will be held on August 9 & 10, 2013. Please check the Before You Go tab under the main Folk Festival tab, as Admission Prices have increased. And for any students who wish to volunteer at the Festival, there is an on-line form to use -- see the On-line Volunteer Form.
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!
Can You Volunteer?
If so, check out our new
The Monthly Programs tab is now updated for the first part of 2013.
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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What is the mission of the Folk Festival?
The Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. is organized to identify, preserve and disseminate the Pennsylvania German (Pennsylvania Dutch) folk culture and history of the Goschenhoppen region. The Folk Festival is designed as an educational family event to demonstrate various home skills and trades of the Goschenhoppen area from about 1750-1880.
The Folk Festival is put on by the membership of the Goschenhoppen Historians. All are volunteers.
How many people volunteer at the Folk Festival?
On average, we have about 500 volunteers. Some work in the demonstration areas showing various crafts, trades, and home skills while others volunteer in concession stands, logistical support, and office staff.
The Historians strive to serve only traditional Pennsylvania Dutch foods at the Folk Festival. They are part of the educational concept of the Folk Festival.
At the main Concession Stand the menu includes (but not limited to): sausage sandwiches, ham sandwiches, summer sausage sandwiches salads, fresh fruit, a Pa. Dutch sampler platter, fresh sliced peaches and ice cream, corn pie, vegetable soup, chow-chow, red-beet eggs, applesauce and baked limas.
Other food stands offer funnel cakes, fastnachts, apple and peach dumplings, assorted fruit pies, corn on the cob, watermelon, fresh bread and breakfast cakes, cookies, and homemade candies.
Beverages include homemade root beer, birch beer, vinegar punch, raspberry shrub, grape drink, mint tea, coffee, and cold water.
Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed on the Folk Festival grounds. Only service animals are permitted due to the number of other animals and livestock we have on the property.
How can I volunteer?
We have an Apprentice Program for students in 6th -12th grade (click here for details). We offer them the opportunity to learn traditional skills and trades from master craftspeople and knowledgeable historians thereby preserving segments of our history.
Adults may get involved in the Folk Festival in a number of ways (click here for details). We are looking for new volunteers who are willing to learn and spend the needed time to hone the skills necessary to become a master craftsperson. Besides demonstrating a trade or home skill, other volunteers are needed at the Folk Festival. Positions need to be filled in the concessions and food stands, admission gates, set-up crews, etc.
The men and women demonstrating at the Folk Festival are dressed in typical everyday working garb that corresponds to the time frame and type tools used in their demonstration. Many of the veteran craftspeople own their own reproduction costumes while new volunteers may borrow from the Historians’ costume collection.
“A minority group, essentially German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania starting in 1683. They have lacked unity among their numerous component groups so political advantage, concessions in education and local recognition of language or customs were often extinguished by passage of time, change, and advance of technology…” The Pennsylvania Dutch, William T. Parsons, 1976.
The Folk Festival is always held the second Saturday in August and the day before. This year it will be held Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10, 2013.
How is the Folk Festival laid out and what kinds of demonstrations are being shown?
You will notice that most of the 18th century hearth cooking demonstrations and 18th century men’s trades demonstrations are located on the southern side of the Antes Plantation where the restored four story stone house is located. The raised bed garden and bake oven are also located there. A Revolutionary soldier’s encampment can be found near the house as well.
Pastimes, needlework, and clothing construction exhibits are found in the shady grove of trees directly behind the raised bed garden.
Most of the 19th century cookstove demonstrations, 19th century men’s trade demonstrations, farming equipment, butchering, and animal exhibits can be found on the northern side of the plantation. Food concessions and stage programs are centrally located in the heart of the property. Children’s games, horse drawn wagon rides, and book sales are also located here.
Upon entry to the Folk Festival, each visitor is given a Folk Festival guide in the form of a reproduction turn of the century newspaper, The Intelligencer. This guide includes a map of the grounds, times of the special exhibits, a schedule for the stage programs, as well as informational articles to enhance your visit. And for all elementary age children a Children's Guide to the Folk Festival will be available.