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Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf
March 10th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
A time to celebrate and explore the Pennsylvania German (also known as Pennsylvania Dutch) heritage. A day of speakers, music, arts crafts, crafters, history, language and genealogy. There are also activities for the children as well as delicious PA Dutch food as well.
Free Admission. PA German speakers, singers, food, traditional arts and crafts, and childrens activities.
The Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf (a word that means “gathering”) was started on January 3, 2012. The mission of the Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf is to promote and preserve Pennsylvania German culture, language, and heritage.
Our primary event will be an annual festival, to be held in the spring of the year. Our festival celebrates the food, arts, crafts, music, genealogy, language, and history of the Pennsylvania Germans, and showcases Pennsylvania German dialect and speakers.
IS IT “PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH” OR “PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN”?
Why do some people use the term “Pennsylvania Dutch” and others “Pennsylvania German”? The reason is that when the German-speaking immigrants came to Pennsylvania in the 18 th century, the English used the word “Dutch”, then spelled “Duch” to refer to all the Germanic languages of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and to the peoples who lived in these areas.
So, “Pennsylvania Dutch” and “Pennsylvania German” can be used interchangeably. In more recent years scholars have used “Pennsylvania German” to avoid confusion with the language and culture of the Netherlands.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
9:30 a.m. Die Schwadore Schalle – Children and adults sing in PA German
10:30 a.m. Jim Dibert – Distilling Apple Whiskey on the Schaeffer Farm
11:30 a.m. Der Dolpehock Sanger Chor – Musical entertainment in the dialect
12:15 p.m. Mary Laub & Alice Spayd – Story for Children: Bear Hunt
12:45 p.m. Groundhog Lodge #16 – performs “PA Dutch Christmas Party”
1:30 p.m. Candace Perry – The (Dwight D.) Eisenhower Family of Lebanon County
2:45 p.m. Doug Madenford & Christ LaRose – “Ask a PA Dutchman”