Who (or what) are the Goschenhoppen Historians?
The Goschenhoppen Historians Inc. is organized to identify, preserve, and disseminate the Pennsylvania German folk culture and history of the Goschenhoppen region.
Is the Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc., a religious group?
No, the Goschenhoppen Historians is a secular historical society. This organization is located in a
geographical area known as Goschenhoppen. This area was originally settled by the Lutherans,
Reformed, Dunkards, Mennonites, Catholics and Schwenkfelders.
Where is Goschenhoppen?
This name refers to a geographical region established in the folk mind and noted on early surveyors’ maps. It has no political boundaries and is not a political unit. The region might be identified as the area encompassing the northern half of the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries.
Some researchers believe the name Goschenhoppen is a Pennsylvania Dutch variation of the name of a local Native American chief who lived in this area.
Who puts on the Folk Festival?
The Folk Festival is put on by the membership of the Goschenhoppen Historians. All are volunteers.
What else are the Historians involved in?
The Goschenhoppen Historians projects include the on-going restoration of the Henry Antes House and Plantation, museum acquisitions, publishing, and collecting and archiving local historical data of all sorts. The Historians are also involved with a number of fundraisers throughout the year including the annual Folk Festival and the Christmas Market..