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Pennsylvania Germans

Pennsylvania Germans
January 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm


Presented by: Dr. Simon J. Bronner, distinguished professor of American studies and folklore and the director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. 


With a focus on American Folklore, Bronner has authored and edited numerous books.  Published in Janurary 2017, Pennsylvania Germans – An Interpretative Encyclopedia contains nineteen broad interpretive essays that tell the rich and nuanced story of Pennsylvania German history and culture.


"United by a distinct (and distinctly American) language, the Pennsylvania Germans have been slower to assimilate than other ethnic groups. This sweeping volume reveals, though, that the group is much less homogenous and isolated than was previously thought. From architecture, media, and farming techniques to food, folklore, and medicine, the Pennsylvania Germans and their descendants display a wide range of cultural variation."


This distinguished author series is underwritten by the Anne Hamilton Henszey Pyle and Kenneth B. Pyle Educational Fund for Regional Heritage Preservation (Henszey Pyle Fund.)



The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801. Parking is available in the lower lawn along College Avenue, as well as in the Mansion parking lot off of Porter Road. Admission to the program is FREE. Donations are appreciated.  For more information, please call (814) 234-4779

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