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.

Reverence for the Stars

For generations, images of the stars have an abiding presence in the arts and material culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Across domestic, agricultural, and sacred spheres of life, the stars adorn objects of utility, decoration, and inspiration. Living traditions today and folk beliefs of the past suggest that the stars are of special interest to the folk culture of the region, echoing the perennial human fascination with the movements of the heavens. Even as the culture continues to grow and change, the images of the stars have become symbols of the folk culture of the region.