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Adult Programs

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center offers a wide variety of Adult programs including group tours, symposia, lectures, workshops, and special events related to the history and culture of the Schwenkfelders, PA Germans, and the local area.

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
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Bring your lunch and join Dr. Allen Viehmeyer and guest lecturers the second Wednesday of each month for a closer look into the SLHC collections, local, and Schwenkfelder history.

Upcoming Programs

The Exile Society and the Friends of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center often host special guest lecturers, groups, and events at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center.

Friends of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center Presents:
Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:00 pm
(Snow Date: January 21
Presented by: Patrick Donmoyer

This program is a photographic presentation of field research conducted from 2007 to the present throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in six counties, as a survey of decorated Pennsylvania barns and the content of their decorations. The photographs reveal a diverse and colorful tradition of folk art that has persisted to the present day and overlaps with many other artistic, ritual, and architectural traditions. In addition, the content of the designs will be compared to trends in Pennsylvania German folklore, especially as it pertains to beliefs and practices associated with the agricultural lifestyle, religious expression, and observations of the heavens.

Patrick Donmoyer, formerly of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, is the Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, a folklife museum and research center on the Kutztown Campus. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch and advocate for regional folk culture, Patrick's work blends language, traditions, and vernacular architecture in his folklife research. He is the author of numerous articles, and two books, including Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars in 2013, and was the editor of Don Yoder's The German Bible in America. He is currently completing a forthcoming book, a lecture series, and a traveling exhibition on the tradition of ritual medicine, entitled Powwowing in Pennsylvania.

Schwenkfelder Petitions for Tolerance
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:30 pm

This illustrated lecture relates the story of the recent discovery in the SLHC vault of copies of at least some of the petitions by a Schwenkfelder delegation to Emperor Charles VI in Vienna, Austria, between 1721 and 1725. Found bound in a manuscript book containing a variety of documents, these petitions, although well-known and long-sought by scholars, had never been brought to light until just a little more than a year ago. Included in the presentation will be remarks about the forming of the delegation and its impact as well as the wording and the submission of the petitions.

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