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

By Carole Christman Koch|

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 wi...

By Richard L.T. Orth|


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    A look back at history: An amazing creativity in 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 was nurtured by freedom of religion and free private enterprise, thus becoming American Folk Art! Although the Plain Dutch, such as the Amish and Old Order Mennonites, seldom engaged in bold colorful folk art as seen by the Church PA Dutch, both...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

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    Carole Christman Koch: President’s Inauguration firsts, traditions, and more: Part 2

    Part 2 Franklin Pierce, in 1853, accepted his presidency, but was still in mourning. Just a few months prior to the ceremony, the Pierces lost their 3rd and last child in a railroad accident, that both witnessed. He refrained from swearing his oath on a Bible, due to his religious beliefs. He was the first to affirm his oath and not swear. His 3,319 word speech was entirely from memory.

    By Carole Christman Koch|

  • Entertainment

    At the Movies with Rodeo’: Kid reviewer gives ‘Fantastic Beasts’ 4 popcorn boxes

    A companion piece to the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Writer Newt Scamander lands in early 1900’s New York, with a suitcase full of creatures in all sizes and shapes endowed with other-worldly powers. Action-adventure and fantasy are set on a collision course when these creatures break loose to make their presence known in the New York of yesteryear. It’s up to Newt to track them down and return them to his suitcase before they can wreak havoc on the...

    Submitted By David Daniels Columnist|

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    A Look Back: How PA Dutch Are You: Did you eat your good luck pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day?

    This folk practice still creates a yearning, especially among our older folk people and those still appreciative of our heritage and a good, hot Pennsylvania Dutch meal. Many Dutch families over the generations and years never forget this dish on New Year’s Day and eagerly partake in the consumption of pork and sauerkraut. In Berks and Lehigh counties, natives raised and ate a huge quantity of potatoes and cabbage that was also a common and cheap dish eagerly eaten by the farming...

    By Richard L.T. Orth|

  • Food

    Through My Kitchen Window: Baking with children, challenging but fun

    When I think about this column entitled Through My Kitchen Window, I envision people looking through my kitchen window while I bake. I wonder what they would see.

    Lisa Mitchell

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