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The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest

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A classic, with more than 250 illustrations, this book is a visual feast of decorated chests. It is the preeminent encyclopedia of Pennsylvania German blanket chests. New color photography has been added for some of the original chests, and recent scholarship has produced some new information, attributions and other information.

The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest

Author : Monroe H. Fabian
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One of the most engaging of such objects is the chest, about which this book is concerned. An ancient style of furniture, at once for sitting and for storage, the chest became the repository of an individual's goods: his (or her) clothes, linens, treasures. When in the eighteenth-century the Germans came in droves to America--to Pennsylvania--they brought the chest and the nascent individualism it represented with them. The majority of these pieces were either finished or simply painted, but the minority of inlaid or paint-decorated chests are the classic pieces of Pennsylvania-German decorative art to this day. -- Pg. 14.

The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest

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The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest

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One of the most engaging of such objects is the chest, about which this book is concerned. An ancient style of furniture, at once for sitting and for storage, the chest became the repository of an individual's goods: his (or her) clothes, linens, treasures. When in the eighteenth-century the Germans came in droves to America--to Pennsylvania--they brought the chest and the nascent individualism it represented with them. The majority of these pieces were either finished or simply painted, but the minority of inlaid or paint-decorated chests are the classic pieces of Pennsylvania-German decorative art to this day. -- Pg. 14.

Pennsylvania Germans

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Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- INTRODUCTION: Pennsylvania German Studies -- PART 1 HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY -- 1. The Old World Background -- 2. To the New World: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries -- 3. Communities and Identities: Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries -- PART 2 CULTURE AND SOCIETY -- 4. The Pennsylvania German Language -- 5. Language Use among Anabaptist Groups -- 6. Religion -- 7. The Amish -- 8. Literature -- 9. Agriculture and Industries -- 10. Architecture and Cultural Landscapes -- 11. Furniture and Decorative Arts -- 12. Fraktur and Visual Culture -- 13. Textiles -- 14. Food and Cooking -- 15. Medicine -- 16. Folklore and Folklife -- 17. Education -- 18. Heritage and Tourism -- 19. Popular Culture and Media -- References -- Contributors -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z -- Color plates follow page

Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society

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The Early Decorated Furniture of the Pennsylvania Dutch

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Here and abroad, no other Pennsylvania Dutch motifs have come to be prized more than those created by John Bieber (1763-1825) of Oley Township, Berks County. Without a doubt, the hallmark of a Bieber dower chest (hope chest) is its huge, bulbous, flat hearts diligently laid out with compass. The heart motif was the most reoccurring symbol among 18th-century immigrant artisans. This book celebrates the craftsmanship and history of these Americana pieces of furniture. Color pictures capture the beauty of these various works of art and are a step to cataloging them before they are lost to time.

Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans Constructing Identity in Early America

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Sacred Song and the Pennsylvania Dutch

Author : Daniel Jay Grimminger
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Sheds light on the process of cultural change that occurred over the course of a century or more in the majority of Pennsylvania German communities and churches.

German Folk Arts of New York State

Author : Mary Antoine de Julio
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An essential introduction to the crafts and folks arts of German settlers in New York state.

Architecture and Landscape of the Pennsylvania Germans 1720 1920

Author : Sally McMurry
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The phrase "Pennsylvania German architecture" likely conjures images of either the "continental" three-room house with its huge hearth and five-plate stoves, or the huge Pennsylvania bank barn with its projecting overshoot. These and other trademarks of Pennsylvania German architecture have prompted great interest among a wide audience, from tourists and genealogists to architectural historians, antiquarians, and folklorists. Since the nineteenth century, scholars have engaged in field measurement and drawing, photographic documentation, and careful observation, resulting in a scholarly conversation about Pennsylvania German building traditions. What cultural patterns were being expressed in these buildings? How did shifting social, technological, and economic forces shape architectural changes? Since those early forays, our understanding has moved well beyond the three-room house and the forebay barn. In Architecture and Landscape of the Pennsylvania Germans, 1720-1920, eight essays by leading scholars and preservation professionals not only describe important architectural sites but also offer original interpretive insights that will help advance understanding of Pennsylvania German culture and history. Pennsylvania Germans' lives are traced through their houses, barns, outbuildings, commercial buildings, churches, and landscapes. The essays bring to bear years of field observation as well as engagement with current scholarly perspectives on issues such as the nature of "ethnicity," the social construction of landscape, and recent historiography about the Pennsylvania Germans. Dozens of original measured drawings, appearing here for the first time in print, document important works of Pennsylvania German architecture, including the iconic Bertolet barns in Berks County, the Martin Brandt farm complex in Cumberland County, a nineteenth-century Pennsylvania German housemill, and urban houses in Lancaster.

A Peculiar Mixture

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Through innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh avenues of inquiry, the nine essays collected in A Peculiar Mixture endeavor to transform how we understand the bewildering multiplicity and complexity that characterized the experience of German-speaking people in the middle colonies. They explore how the various cultural expressions of German speakers helped them bridge regional, religious, and denominational divides and eventually find a way to partake in America’s emerging national identity. Instead of thinking about early American culture and literature as evolving continuously as a singular entity, the contributions to this volume conceive of it as an ever-shifting and tangled “web of contact zones.” They present a society with a plurality of different native and colonial cultures interacting not only with one another but also with cultures and traditions from outside the colonies, in a “peculiar mixture” of Old World practices and New World influences. Aside from the editors, the contributors are Rosalind J. Beiler, Patrick M. Erben, Cynthia G. Falk, Marie Basile McDaniel, Philip Otterness, Liam Riordan, Matthias Schönhofer, and Marianne S. Wokeck.

Encyclopedia of American Folk Art

Author : Gerard C. Wertkin
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For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art web site. This is the first comprehensive, scholarly study of a most fascinating aspect of American history and culture. Generously illustrated with both black and white and full-color photos, this A-Z encyclopedia covers every aspect of American folk art, encompassing not only painting, but also sculpture, basketry, ceramics, quilts, furniture, toys, beadwork, and more, including both famous and lesser-known genres. Containing more than 600 articles, this unique reference considers individual artists, schools, artistic, ethnic, and religious traditions, and heroes who have inspired folk art. An incomparable resource for general readers, students, and specialists, it will become essential for anyone researching American art, culture, and social history.

History of Pennsylvania

Author : Philip S. Klein
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The Pennsylvania German Hex Sign

Author : Thomas Edmund Graves
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American Furniture

Author : Oscar P. Fitzgerald
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This authoritative text explains the evolution of four centuries of American furniture from 1650 to the 21st century. It is the complete story covering the cultural and historical context of pieces and advice on how to authenticate furniture and preserve it for posterity. It is fully illustrated with over 800 photos and a 24 page color signature.

American Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts from the Watson Collection

Author : Philip D. Zimmerman
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While demonstrating the high level of artistry attained by furniture-makers of the period, this selection in many ways reflects the evolving character of domestic life in America during a seminal period in the country's history.

Visions and Revisions of Eighteenth century France

Author : Christine Adams
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This volume brings together eight essays (all but one previously unpublished) that offer innovative strategies for studying society and culture in eighteenth-century France. Divided into three sections, the chapters map out current research paths in social, cultural, and political history. The authors engage the most heated subjects of debate in the field today, including the changing nature of political life in the age of Enlightenment, the role of public opinion in undermining absolutism, and the impact of gender on social relationships and political language in the late eighteenth century. They demonstrate a marked interest in the lives of ordinary and humble French people, finding that exclusion from the main corridors of power fostered cunning and resourcefulness, not political indifference or ignorance. The articles encompass the Old Regime and the revolutionary era without falling into the teleological trap of using the former as the backdrop for the events of 1789. On the contrary, many of the authors consciously avoid this bias by investigating the Old Regime in its own right or by consciously linking the pre- and postrevolutionary eras. This decision alone marks an important turning of the tide. By establishing a dialogue between the Old Regime and the revolution, this volume implicitly pays homage to those historians who insist on the structural continuities that underlay the rupture of 1789. Contributors are Cissie Fairchilds, Christine Adams, Orest Ranum, Lisa Jane Graham, Harvey Chisick, John Garrigus, Lenard Berlanstein, and Jack Censer.

A Country Storekeeper in Pennsylvania

Author : Diane E. Wenger
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"Examines the role that country storekeeper Samuel Rex of Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania, played in the society and economy of the mid-Atlantic region from 1790 to 1807. Studies consumption patterns of one typical Pennsylvania-German community"--Provided by publisher.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Author : Irwin Richman
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Taking the name Pennsylvania Dutch from a corruption of their own word for themselves, "Deutsch," the first German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683. By the time of the American Revolution, their influence was such that Benjamin Franklin, among others, worried that German would become the commonwealth's official language. The continuing influence of the Church peoples-the Amish and Mennonites and others who constitute the still-vibrant Dutch culture-can be seen today in icons of Americana from apple pie to log cabins.