Vol. III - (1969) Four Pennsylvania
179 pp., Illus. 1) A Report of Archaeological Investigations at
the Ephrata Cloister, 1963 --- Dale E. Biever. 2) Rachel
Bahn, Pennsylvania Poetess --- Preston A. Barba. 3)
Similarities and Dissimilarities between Pennsylvania German and
Rhenish Palatinate Dialects --- Albert F. Buffington. 4)
Parochial Registers of the Indian Creek Reformed Church,
(Montgomery County), 1753-1851. (weight 1 lb 7 oz)
$30.00 (Members $24.00)
Vol. V -
(1971) Selections from Arthur Graeff's "Scholla"```1
--- Arthur Graeff, ed.
202 pp. with index.
An entertaining selection of English language newspaper columns by
Arthur Graeff (1899-1969)
concerning historical to mid-20th century
folklife and lore.
Some dialect material is included.
VIII - (1974) PG Secular Folk Songs
--- Albert F. Buffington, 181 pp., Hardcover, with index. Music and text in
the dialect (with full English translation) of 97 folk songs, many
with variant versions. A major source for scholars and musicians.
$15.00 (Members $12.00)
IX - (1975) Bilder un Gedanke
--- Russell W. Gilbert. 119 pp., Illus. A selection of 100 poems
in the dialect by Gilbert (1905-1985), a major scholar and poet.
Partial English translations and summaries are included.
$12.00 (Members $9.60)
Vol. XV - (1981) Pastors and People,
--- Charles H. Glatfelter. 544 pp., many illustrations, maps,
tables and documents. A companion volume to Vol. 1. An important
social history, well written and accessible. Both volumes are also
of use to genealogists.
$30.00 (Members $24.00)
Vol. XIX - (1985) 18th Century
Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to N. America -W. Palatinate,
--- Annette Kunselman Burgert. 405 pp., maps, photographs, ship
indices, European place names and surnames. An important source
book for genealogists.
$40.00 (Members $32.00)
XX - (1986) Farming Always Farming A Photographic Essay of
Rural Pennsylvania German Land and Life
--- H. Winslow Fegley (1871-1944), ed. Alan G. Keyser and
Frederick S. Weiser. Intro. Scott Swank. 312 pp. Elegantly
designed book contains 301 black and white photographs of farm and
small town life at the turn-of-the-century. The photos and
captions provide a unique perspective of Pennsylvania German
XXI-XXII - (1987-88) German Language Printing
--- ed. Karl John Richard Arndt and Reiner C. Eck. Two volume set,
1245 pp., with indices of titles, printers, publishers,
stereotypers, places of printing/publication and genres. Annotated
bibliography of 3151 items. A major research resource.
Two-volume set, $100.00
XXIII - (1989) The Picture Bible of Ludwig Denig
--- ed. Don Yoder. A two volume set: Vol. 1 (180 pp.) With black &
white illustrations and index; Vol. 2 (269 pp.) in color. Vol. 1
is a critical introduction and English. Translation of a major
fraktur work made by Denig (1755-1830), a Lancaster Co. shoemaker.
Vol. 2 is a complete color facsimile of the original. A major
contribution for those interested in religion, social history,
music, and the visual arts.
Vol. XXIV -
(1990) That Ingenious Business Pennsylvania German Organ
--- Raymond J. Brunner. 248 pp., 165 color and black and white
photos and illustrations with index. A study of Pennsylvania
German organ builders from the 18th through the early 20th
centuries. Of wide interest for social history, aesthetics and
XXVI - (1992) 18th Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to
--- Annette Kunselman Burgert. 660 pp., with maps,
photographs and index. A companion volume to Burgert’s two earlier
studies. An important source book for genealogists.
$50.00 (Members $40.00) limited quantity
XXIX (1995) Pewter in the PA German Churches
--- Donald M. Herr. 214 pp. with index, bibliography, appendices,
photographs and illustrations. Herr offers up a treasure-trove of
history about an early American art form that was long overlooked
by scholars of Pennsylvania German culture.
XXX - (1996) Hopeful Journeys
---Aaron Spencer Fogleman. 257 pp. with index, bibliography,
appendices and surname index. Fogleman traces the German migrant
groups from their origins to their places of final settlement in
the colonies. He contends that, to a significant degree, the
immigrants and their children developed a new ethnic identity:
adapting to the strains of migration, settlement and
politicization, they became Americanized without becoming less
Vol. XXXII - (1998) Known By the Work of His Hands
---Claire Messimer. 231 pp., color and black and white
illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. The first book-length
study of Pennsylvania German tombstones in almost fifty years,
this generously illustrated volume focuses on the work of carver
Joseph Brownmiller. The author examines Brownmiller’s art and life
in the changing environment of Pennsylvania German culture in the
early Victorian era.
$65.00 (Members $52.00)
XXXIII (1999). Bucks County Fraktur
Cory M. Amsler. 387 pp. with index, appendix, and color and black
and white illustrations. Richly and profusely illustrated, this
volume offers a stunning visual record of various fraktur forms,
while also referencing the social and cultural milieu in which
they were created. The book's essays, contributed by the leading
authorities on this folk art form, touch on the spiritual,
educational, aesthetic, and economic aspects of fraktur and
consider the role played by itinerant artists, extended
communities, and group migrations in transmitting the fraktur
XXXIV (2000). Plain Women: Gender and Ritual in the Old Order
---Margaret C. Reynolds, ed. and with
a foreword by Simon J. Bronner. 192 pp. with index, bibliography,
list of informants, and black and white illustrations. Despite the
great interest in "plain" groups in recent years, comparatively
little has been written about women and the particular role they
play in preserving traditional religious and cultural values in
the modern world. In this work, Reynolds portrays the women of the
Old Order River Brethren and examines their roles in the
ceremonies and traditions that allow the group to remain
"separate" from other plain groups and from contemporary mass
$30.00 (Members $24.00)
Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in
the Early Republic
M. Nolt. 208 pp, 14 illustrations/5maps. Historians of the
early Republic are just beginning to tell the stories of the
period's ethnic minorities. Nolt is the first to add the
story of the Pennsylvania Germans to that larger mosaic, showing
how they came to think of themselves at quintessential Americans
and simultaneously constructed a durable sense of ethnicity.
(2002). Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred
World of Ephrata
---Jeff Bach. 282 pp. with index,
notes, bibliographic essay, and black and white illustrations.
Based on impeccable research and new insights into printed and
manuscript resources and recent archaeological investigations,
this volume reexamines and supersedes all previously published
work on the eighteenth century religious community at Ephrata,
Pennsylvania. It is the first of the many books published over the
years on Conrad Beissel and those who joined him on the banks of
the Cocalico that gives modern readers clarity on the religious
thought and practice that provided the context for the mystical
understandings of Ephrata's sacred world. Bach's work has already
had an important impact on the way the Ephrata Cloister historic
site is being interpreted; it is a groundbreaking piece of
Vol. XXXVII (2003).To the Latest
Posterity: Pennsylvania-German Family Registers in the Fraktur
---Corinne and Russell Earnest. 153 pp. with
index, bibliography, appendices, 30 black and white figures, 37
color plates, and index of scriveners. Renowned experts on fraktur,
Corinne and Russell Earnest, turn their attention to the
Pennsylvania German family register tradition and its place in
American social, religious, and cultural traditions. This is the
first book to focus in detail on family registers as part of the
fraktur tradition, and the Earnests offer numerous examples of the
art to explain the importance of these documents in recording
Pennsylvania German genealogy and in the transplanting of roots
from Europe to America. The Earnests also bring the story of the
registers into the present, demonstrating how certain Pennsylvania
German groups, such as the Mennonites and Amish, continue the
practice of family registers to the present day.
$45.00 (Members $36.00)
XXXVIII (2004). Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John
Hostetler; David Weaver-Zercher.
---368 pages; 34 illustrations.
Writing the Amish
both recounts and assesses
Hostetler's Amish-related work. The first half of the book consists of
four reflective essays—by Donald Kraybill, Simon Bronner, David
Weaver-Zercher, and Hostetler himself—in which Hostetler is the
primary subject. The second half reprints in chronological order
fourteen key writings by Hostetler with commentaries and annotations
$35.00 (Members $28.00)
PA German Broadsides.
---The author traces the migration of
the broadside from Germany to America, dedicating each of
ten chapters to a specific broadside subject, including medical
broadsides, political and military broadsides, sale bills,
posters, house blessings, and "letters from heaven." All German
texts have been translated or paraphrased. This book is Intended for
historians, folklorists, collectors, and general readers with
more than 200 illustrations and interesting text.
$50.00 (Members $40.00)
B. Kraybill and James P. Hurd
---A study of the Wenger Mennonites, by
Kraybill and Hurd--a sociologist and an anthropologist-- who use
cultural analysis to interpret the Wengers in both Pennsylvania and
Wisconsin. They compare the Wengers with other Mennonite groups as
well as with the Amish, showing how relationships with these other
groups have had a powerful impact on shaping the identity of the
Wenger Mennonites in the Anabaptist world. As Kraybill and Hurd
show, the Wengers have learned that it is impossible to maintain a
truly static culture, and so their study examines the way in which
the Wengers cautiously and adapt to the ever-changing world around
them and is an invaluable case study of the gradual evolution of
religious ritual in the face of modernity.
$40.00 (Members $32.00) hardback.
Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern
---David Kreibel examines the folk healing practice of powwowing,
known in Pennsylvania Dutch as brauche or braucherei, which was
thought to draw upon the power of God to heal all manner of
physical and spiritual ills. Some people even to this modern day
believe that this power to heal came not from God, but from the
In Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, David Kriebel
examines the practice of powwowing in a scholarly light and
shows that, contrary to popular belief, the practice of
powwowing is still active today. Because powwowing lacks
extensive scholarly documentation, David Kriebel's research is
both a groundbreaking inquiry and a necessity for the scholar of
Pennsylvania German history and culture.
$30.00 (Members $24.00)
XLII (2008). Architecture and Artifacts of the
Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America.
Cynthia G. Falk.
---The author explores the relationship between ethnicity
and the buildings, personal belongings, and other cultural artifacts of
early Pennsylvania German immigrants and descendants. Such “material
culture” has been the basis of stereotyping Pennsylvania Germans almost
since their arrival. Falk warns us against the typical scholarly
overemphasis on Pennsylvania Germans’ assimilation to an English way of
life. Rather, she demonstrates that more than anything, socioeconomic
status and religious affiliation influenced the character of the
material culture of Pennsylvania Germans. Her work also shows how early
Pennsylvania Germans defined their own identities.
pages, 103 illustrations, ISBN 978-0-271-03338-9
Hardback $45.00 (Members
XLIII (2009). Heart Language; Elsie Singmaster & Her
Pennsylvania German Writings. By Susan Colestock Hill.
---In the footsteps of writers like Harriet
Beecher Stowe and Sarah Orne Jewett, the Pennsylvania German
writings of Elsie Singmaster emerged to great popularity and
acclaim during the early 20th century. Born and raised in the
Pennsylvania German tradition, Elsie Singmaster wrote
extensively over the first half of the twentieth century.
Through her intimate knowledge of the community, Singmaster
exposed the nation's expanding readership to Pennsylvania German
beliefs, culture, and distinct dialect without denigrating the
community or resorting to stereotypes. She believed that the
Pennsylvania Germans embodied the best of the nation's ideals,
and she crafted her characters and stories to participate in the
national dialogue about immigration, development, and the
definition of a hard-working, middle-class sensibility grounded
in Old World traditions. While Singmaster's work fell out of
site as the century wore on, her writings remain a significant
contribution to the study of both Pennsylvania German history
and culture and also the literature of the last century. This
volume restores to print sixteen of Singmaster's short stories,
reintroducing these important works into a new context of
Susan Colestock Hill is a graduate of the Lutheran
Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
280 pages, 16 illustrations, ISBN 978-0-271-03543-7
Cloth $40.00 (Members $32.00)
Vol. 44 (2010). Die Pennsylvaanisch
Deitsche / The Pennsylvania Germans. By Earl Haag.
Pennsylvaanisch Deitsche / The Pennsylvania Germans makes
broadly accessible representative selections of the picturesque
prose and poetry of the finest authors in the Pennsylvania
German dialect tradition. Edited by the foremost linguist and
historian of the Pennsylvania German dialect today, this
delightful classic will serve dialect speakers, students of
Pennsylvania history, and especially students of the dialect
itself. All articles appear with English translations.
Instructive, entertaining, and historically enlightening, these
Es Neinuhr Schtick (The Nine O'Clock Field Snack)
articles originally appeared as weekly columns in the
Schuylkill Haven (PA) Call and the Tremont (PA)
Press and Herald.
Who are the Pennsylvania Germans? The ninety-seven articles in
part one, En Gleeni Gschicht, En Groosi Gschict (A little
History, A Great Story), trace these Germanic emigrants from
their Old World homelands to the soils they sought upon arrival
in the New, their innovative methods of clearing the land for
cultivation, construction of their farms and homes, and their
progressive ways of working the soil and harvesting crops. In
homelands, houses, and farming methods, they differed markedly
from the "English", (anyone not Pennsylvania German), who
already occupied much of eastern PA.
In part two - Feierdaage,
Feschtdaage, un Abbaddiche Daage (Holidays, Festive Days, and
Special Days) - Haag has gathered poetry and prose to enlighten the
reader about the distinctive traditions, customs, and lore
associated with seasons, weather, and holidays celebrated by the
Pennsylvania Germans, even into the present. Possibly no other
ethnic group in America has so thoroughly documented and
immortalized lives and times of its people in its literature.
351 pages, ISBN 978-0-911122-11-4
Cloth $69.95 (Members $55.00)
Vol. 45 (2011). Paint, Pattern, and
People - Furniture of Southeast Pennsylvania; 1725 - 1850; !!!
SOLD OUT !!! By Wendy Cooper & Lisa
Vol. 46 (2012). The Heart of the Taufschein - Fraktur & The Pivotal Role of Berks County,
Pennsylvannia; !!! By Corinne & Russell Earnest.
$69.95 (No Discount)
Vol. 47 (2013). Mountain Mary and Other
Tales of the Pennsylvania Dutch!!! To be Released
November 2013 !!! By Dr. Richard Wentz.
Vol. 48 (2014). This Very Ground - By John
Ruth To be Released
Vol. 49 (2015). Pennsylvania Dutch Folk
Spirituality - By Dr. Richard Wentz To be Released
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