The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to preserving and celebrating Pennsylvania German folk culture, history, and language in a unique educational setting at Kutztown University.

Origins of the Pennsylvania Barn


Presented by Robert F. Ensminger

Join revered barn scholar and cultural geographer Robert F. Ensminger (1927-2020) on a journey through the rural Pennsylvania landscape, and into remote European alpine communities to trace the origins of the iconic Pennsylvania Barn. Countless barn enthusiasts continue Bob’s legacy in Pennsylvania and throughout the US, helping us all to recognize the significance of the Pennsylvania barn as a cultural icon worthy of preservation.

Adapted video presentation featured March 27, 2021 at Easter on the Farm.