Welcome to this joint blog published by the Mennonite Heritage Center, the Goschenhoppen Historians, and the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center.

Each week we will be offering articles, recipes, helpful tips and more relating to our Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and presence in contemporary life. Be sure to subscribe, so you receive new posts by email!

In this unprecedented time of staying at home, we hope you’ll be inspired to bring pieces of the past to your present through Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, gardening, and crafts.

Hearth cooking, then and now

By Bob Wood. For 200 years following settlement, food production was the basic industry of the Goschenhoppen Region. Feeding first their family and hired help, self-sustaining farmers produced enough surplus food to provide for the cities and towns of Southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Until about the era of the Civil War (1861-1865) it’s safe toContinue reading “Hearth cooking, then and now”

History of the Christmas Putz

By Candace Perry. Here at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center we casually talk about the Christmas putz, mentioning it to visitors (“The putz is on the first floor”) and perhaps oblivious to whether they know what it is. It’s a term we take for granted here, but it definitely requires explanation to many outsiders.Continue reading “History of the Christmas Putz”


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