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.

The German Bible in America


Presenting by Patrick J. Donmoyer

Pennsylvania led the North American continent in the printing of Bibles throughout the 18th century into the early 19th century, establishing a culturally significant legacy that sustained religious communities of the past and present, and left an indelible impression on American culture.  Following the mass exodus of German-speaking immigrants to the new world, the German Bible was a central feature in the establishment of early communities in Pennsylvania, with broader implications as a cultural artifact for American history, genealogy, and material culture, as well as one of the most cherished possessions among the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Based upon the work of Dr. Don Yoder in The German Bible in America, edited by Patrick J. Donmoyer.

Presentation featured on BCTV, June 4, 2020