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A Look Back in History: The Old Order Mennonite Sect at Kutztown also preserving the Historic Oley Valley

By Richard L.T. Orth|

A Look Back in History - PA Dutch folk art images & scriveners in the New World: Part II

In trying to understand the American folk art of our 17th and 18th century Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants to the New World, one must understand the premise of how much of a religious backlash these Pilgrims were a product of during Medieval times inclu...

By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    The Historian - Old inns and taverns of Swamp: Schneider’s Tavern

    Eighteenth century taverns of Montgomery County share typical features that make them easily recognizable. Usually built of stone, they are two stories high, squareish and have attic windows in the gable ends and often attic dormers; along the front, one will almost invariably find a long porch sheltering two doors: one leading into the bar-room and the other leading into the inn parlor and family living quarters.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    Op-Ed: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

    We are now in what some have termed “decade zero,” the last decade left to get a handle on climate change. Stopping it is off the table. The best we can hope for now is to keep the planet’s temperature from climbing past a point-of-no-return two degrees Celsius over what it was in pre-industrial times. We’ve already raised it one degree. And because CO2 is long-lived, we’ve already pumped enough of it into the atmosphere to guarantee a 1.5 degree...

    By Karen Feridun Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World: That part of my life is over now

    Over the years, I’ve learned to accept whatever happens in life, whether positive or traumatic. But last month, when my 91 year old sister, Anita, died peacefully in her sleep, her death, even though it could be anticipated, affected me differently than all my other siblings’ deaths. I could easily accept my previous siblings’ deaths, because they were ill. With Anita, I felt more of a loss. What was this strange feeling I had and why? One by one, the siblings were gone.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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    Prayer in the schools

    Dear Editor: Belief triumphs over fact every time. Columnist Mary Cantell is a believer. She believes that religious prayer belongs in the public schools and was upset that Pottsgrove School Directors removed prayer form the graduation ceremony. I am sure her mind is locked, the key is long gone and no mind-changing fact can penetrate her mighty fortress of belief. So all you true believers, reading further would waste your time. The following facts are aimed at the person of...

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    A Look Back in History: Harsh winters and immigrant survival in the New World - Part II

    Among PA Dutch historians who have researched homes of our Palatine immigrants, the late, astute Brethren sect members, Robert Bucher and Clarence Kulp, were some of the first to call attention to the concept of central heating developed by our PA Dutch pioneers. Unlike log cabins and stone structures built by English and Scotch-Irish frontier settlers, they put fireplaces on the gable-end walls of their houses, as well as the first Swedish log cabin builders who also built and used...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    PERSON TO PERSON - IMPACT: One Hundred!

    Thanks so much for having the strength to revisit me this week to conclude an article I started last week. As I mentioned, since this is my 100th column, I would like to review some of my favorites. They are in no particular order, except the last story in this column is my favorite for, I think, obvious reasons. You will note that all of the articles are from “Person to Person – Impact” and not from “Book Beat – Impact” for the simple reason that...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

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    Out & About: The Great Northwest Passage Trip - The tallest of the tall

    This upcoming series of “Out & About” articles focuses on a trip my family and I just returned from that took us through the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We were excited to visit an area we’ve never been to before, and follow in some of the footsteps of the original Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804-1806. So, after traveling two weeks and 4,313 miles (RT from San Francisco), through five states, with stops in 15 National Parks, forests, recreation areas, wildlife...

    By Rich Wood Columnist |

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    The Historian: Pennsylvania Dutch Dance - ‘Tavern Frolics’

    The German and Swiss immigrants who settled here in the 18th century brought with them a tradition of lively and exuberant dancing. Although seldom noted or written about, in the early days the Pennsylvania Dutch danced at almost every excuse. Apparently, the village tavern was the scene of some wild nights. However, by the latter part of the 19th century dancing in its earlier forms seemed to have been suppressed - no doubt by Victorian mores, the spreading temperance movement and the...

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

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    A Look Back in History: Harsh winters and immigrant survival in the New World

    Like the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Plantation era, American immigrant survival was not always about having enough food, but dependent on surviving the terrible North American blizzards and cold in a new land until spring weather had turned a corner and the harsh forbidding winter was gone. According to Dr. Bertolet’s early interviews with 18th Century pioneer immigrants in the Oley Valley, the preoccupation of the PA Dutch pioneers was to seek a comfortable warm abode until the harsh,...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

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    Welcome to my World - The many forms of love: Part II

    This “Storge” story (another Greek word for love) is about the love of a mother and daughter told to me by my sister-in-law, Alice, about Sarah, her daughter: “Sarah had attended a woman’s night out at her church. The lady speaker had written a book on mothers and their relationship with their children. Some of the things the woman talked about must have touched Sarah’s heart. When she got home that night, she called me: ‘Mom, I just got home from a...

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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