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Welcome to my world: The origins of the Wedding Party may surprise you

By Carole Christman Koch|

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY: The Kutztown Folk Festival is right around the corner, literally

Our Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival has long portrayed regional folkways that were always called “Deitsch” (Dutch), not German. A vernacular transferred here by ethnic sub-cultures living in the 18th Century Rhine Valley, thou...

By Richard L.T. Orth|

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  • Columns

    The Historian: Travails of the Early Protestant Ministers

    By 1750 there were at least 20,000 Lutheran immigrants and as many Reformed in Pennsylvania. There were, however, very few ordained ministers to serve them. In the 1740’s, the Reverends Michael Schlatter, Reformed, and Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Lutheran, accepted the call from their church fathers in Europe to come to Pennsylvania as missionaries to try to organize the scattered congregations, such as they were. This was a difficult charge as William Penn’s “Holy...

    By Robert L. Wood|

  • Opinion

    REFLECTIONS: A slightly shorter shelf life

    I recently received some literature from a funeral home about making burial plans.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    wELCOME TO MY WORLD: What’s in a name? Let’s talk toilets

    Thomas Crapper actually has a day named after him – January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day!

    By Carole Christman Koch|

  • Opinion

    A look back in history The Importance of the historic Keim Homestead in American Folklife Institute’s early years

    When the American Folklife Society in the 1970s was allowed to preserve the historic Jacob Keim farmstead outside of Lobachsville for a museum in the Society’s early days, they very much appreciated Rudy Rhoads’ wisdom and cooperation with Pike Township, as Director Shaner recalled. Rudy Rhoads was from above Pikeville and operated a successful orchard huckstering to the people who lived in the village of Oley and Pike Township. He was just as popular at selling his orchard...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Opinion

    BOOK BEAT — IMPACT: ‘One Perfect Lie’ by Lisa Scottoline

    Since “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline contains many lies, I thought I had better tell you one perfect truth. Having written reviews of some of Lisa’s work previously, the publisher sent me an advance copy of this book, which is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2017.

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  • Opinion

    Welcome to My world: Lent — a time for fasting

    From ancient times, it was believed that the deity was appeased by voluntary sufferings of people. Since abstinence from food brought suffering, fasting became a way for people to make amends for their misdeeds. The Jewish nation from the beginning observed fasting to show humility, sorrow or dependence upon God, described often as an action “to afflict one’s soul” (Levitius 16:29)

    By Carole Christman Koch|

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk:” The Fall of Trumpcare: It was about Obama not Obamacare

    The Bible warns that pride goeth before the fall. When Trump ran for office he said the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disparagingly referred to Obamacare, was a disaster and would collapse under its own weight and that when he becomes president he would fix it day one. He said it would be beautiful. Well he failed. But the reason for the failure started not when Trump allied himself with Paul Ryan, it started on the day Obama became president.

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  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Salvage art creations and industrious Pennsylvania Dutch

    Among the most logical waste items on a dairy or cattle farm were the many strands of bailer twine that were left over after opening up bales for bedding or feeding hay to livestock. Usually hung on a nail in the barn feedway, said cut bale twine could not be used again by the bailing machine. Thereby, someone must have recalled an early farm art of braiding dried corn stalks and weaving them into a simple oval braided rug for use at the farmer’s back door to remove mud from shoes.

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • News

    PASSHE Op-Ed: State System strategic review key to Kutztown University’s future

    As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System—a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 System universities and the Office of the Chancellor.

    By Cynthia D. Shapira, Board of Governors Chair and Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor PASSHE|

  • Columns

    A Look Back In History: The rare feature of a ‘Schpriggel bar,’ still seen in a Maxatawny Township barn

    Both Schweitzer and standard barns in the region are frequently found with a practical large earthen bank at its rear, which allowed wagons carrying sheaves of grain or loads of hay to bridge the threshing floor. Perhaps the greatest advantage though was the bedding of animals in a stable area on a level separate from the threshing floor, unlike the English-type barn called in the Germanic dialect, a “Deshutt Shire.” Farmers who did not have enough ground to make a rear bank...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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