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Reflections: We’re all day to day

By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

A Look Back in History: Americana folk art developed in the New World

Here in the New World in a land of plenty, pioneer immigrants had the resources to develop an American style of folk art never dreamed about in the Old Country; hence the creativity of these Rhinelanders blossomed into an amazing folk art form that wa...

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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    Hamburg Item Early Files

    25 Years Ago June 16, 1993 Hamburg Area High School Valedictorian is Kristine Bryant and Salutatorian is Angela Laubenstine.

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    Reflections: Laughter is the bass line behind the good times in life

    It isn’t easy being funny. Which is a shame. Because laughter is the bass line behind the good times in life. Isn’t it grand to watch people laugh uproariously? Heck, they sometimes vibrate like tuning forks.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History: Get fresh oven-baked bread at annual Kutztown Folk Festival

    The quaint bake oven as it is found in the Pennsylvania Dutch region was an outstanding invention for its time, far superior to any found elsewhere in America. As European families transferred their white man’s culture to the virgin forests of Pennsylvania introducing their frontier farmsteads to the area, there was no other invention, expect perhaps the large frontier fireplaces, that intrigued the native Indians more than these outdoor bake-ovens. There are still quite a few...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History: Colonial ‘Grossa Schranks’ and Paint-Decorated Furniture

    Because few Germanic homes had closets, clothing was kept in a “Grossa Schrank” (Colonial wardrobe) made of either walnut hardwood or more commonly from a soft poplar wood or pine. However, since these Deitschers enjoyed colorful decorations, quite often the poplar wood was stipple-painted to break up the monotony of rustic pioneer interiors. Therefore, in the multi-colored DeTurk wardrobe which brought nearly one million dollars was most likely part of the Isaac Deturk estate...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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    LETTER: Kudos to Boyertown Sr. High Marching Unit

    “KUDOS” to the Boyertown Senior High Marching Unit and it’s director for performing a medley of military excerpts and salutes to the various branches of the armed forces. That’s what the Memorial Day parade is all about. So, I say, and job well-done and THANK YOU!

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    Reflections: Life without AC feels like life circa B.C.

    We all take air conditioning for granted. Until the first heat wave of the year hits Berks County like a jackhammer and your central AC tanks more blatantly than a four-round club fighter getting his brains scrambled.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History America’s early hinterland houses were built of native stone

    America’s early hinterland houses built of native stone were more than well-constructed abodes as they reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day. Even simple l8th century field-stone dwellings having no obvious Georgian architectural style for that period, may very well contain large “quoins” (pronounced coins) or cornerstones, which architecturally gave the home symmetry and framed the random laid walls. It was...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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    Welcome to My World: From Marriage by Capture, by Contract, to Mutual Love

    Reprint (2017 Screamin Mamas) Marriage for the bride has certainly evolved over the centuries from “marriage by force or capture,” during ancient tribal days. It wasn’t unusual for a tribe, when in the process of conquering and pillaging a rival tribe, a groom, with the help of his “best man” to assist him, literally kidnapped the woman he desired for marriage. The origin of “carrying the bride over the threshold” comes...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    Welcome to my World: What is a May Pole Dance?

    My oldest sister, Anita, told me, “I used to go to Kutztown to see the May Pole dances. They were really nice.” It never occurred to me to ask more questions, but recently I decided to find out more about these dances.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

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    A Look Back in History: Tribute to the late folklorist & potter, Lester P. Breininger

    A veteran collector of PA Dutch redware, I was among many Berks County customers who admired the earthenware folk artistry kept alive by Lester Breininger and his apprentices in rural Robesonia. In revisiting my Lester file, I came across an old newspaper clipping of Ron Devlin’s article from the Reading Eagle where he wrote about the amazing Americana collection the late Breininger and subsequent auction and talking of Lester’s legacy. It made me realize once again how...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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