The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
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The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to preserving and celebrating Pennsylvania German folk culture, history, and language in a unique educational setting at Kutztown University. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead, the Heritage Center engages the University community and the public with seasonal cultural programming, historic buildings and exhibitions, a world-class research library collection, as well as conferences, online-educational resources, lectures, and classes in Pennsylvania Dutch language. An extensive research library is available for all who wish to conduct genealogical, historical, linguistic, and cultural research. The Heritage Center also publishes Hiwwe wie Driwwe, the world's only Pennsylvania German newspaper, and the Annual Publication Series, which showcases premier research in Pennsylvania German Studies. 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 cultural programming at Kutztown University.
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 email@example.com.
If you are a teacher looking to bring a class for a field trip, please use our request forms below.