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Amish quilts

Not just the Amish

From the Christmas tree to hex signs, the Easter bunny to Groundhog Day, Pennsylvania Germans, have had a profound effect on American culture. Among the earliest American settlers, they still abide as an American folk group. Penn State folklorist and historian Simon Bronner recently spoke with us about current directions in the study of this distinctive culture.
Ukrainian decorative egg art

Penn State Harrisburg is preserving Pennsylvania's cultural past

Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies, affiliated with the college’s School of Humanities, recently acquired a treasure trove of Pennsylvania folk art and folk life materials, which weave a unique, colorful tale about the diverse people and communities in Pennsylvania.