The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
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The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Pennsylvania German heritage. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead on the Kutztown Campus, the Heritage Center offers access for both the public and KU students to historic buildings and exhibits, a world-class research library collection, as well as seasonal events, conferences, lectures, and classes in Pennsylvania German dialect through the KU modern language department. An extensive research library is available for all who wish to conduct genealogical, historical, linguistic, and cultural research. The Heritage Center is also the proud home of several regular publications, including Hiwwe wie Driwwe, the world's only Pennsylvania German dialect newspaper, the Pennsylvania Dutch Dialect Calendar Series in partnership with Masthof Press, and the Annual Volume Publication Series, which showcases premier research in Pennsylvania German Culture. The Heritage Center offers tours of the historic site by appointment to individuals, organizations, and schools. Please visit the Heritage Center, become a member, and help support the preservation of Pennsylvania German culture.
1870's Brick One-Room Schoolhouse
Inside the One-Room Schoolhouse
Reading, writing, and arithmetic books used by children attending one-room schoolhouses.
1814 Stone Farmhouse
School and Group Tours Available
Guided tours can be scheduled by calling the Heritage Center Office.
Entryway to the home looks straight into the kitchen.
Sharadin Farmhouse Parlor
Decorated for Christmas, the parlor fireplace features portraits of Ephram Sharadin and ancestors of Dr. Don Yoder.
Sharadin Farmhouse Kitchen
The large hearth is the focal point of this well-used kitchen.
The Heritage Center works closely with multiple departments at Kutztown University to provide internships for students.
Sharadin Bank Barn
1820's Bank Barn
Student Workers are able to try their hand at traditional crafts of the PA Germans
Corrigan Log Cabin
Now used as a Tin Smith Shop, the Corrigan Log Cabin also showcases a collection of tools.
The Heritage Center has a variety of opportunities for students on site.
Sharadin Summer kitchen
Tours by appointment only. $5 suggested donation per tour participant.
Please call ahead to schedule a tour. 1-2 business days notice required.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
22 Luckenbill Road
Kutztown, PA 19530
If you would like to schedule a group tour, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a teacher looking to bring a class for a field trip, please use our request forms below.