Pennsylvania German Samplers
April 27 – October 5, 2018
For Penn Dry Goods Market 2018 we are planning a special treat—an exhibit of Pennsylvania German samplers from the Schwenkfelder and other collections. This survey of samplers will focus on regional similarities and differences, and a comparison of needlework done by members of religious groups such as the Schwenkfelders and the Mennonites. We’ll offer some ideas on how motifs were transmitted and carried across generations and also contrast the work done under the auspices of a teacher versus the work done at home and influenced by family and friends. We hope to provide new insight into this very significant aspect of many young Pennsylvania German women’s lives.
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, Pa. Free admission.
The Mennonite Heritage Center (Harleysville, PA) is always hosting something new, and this month is no exception.
April 21 – July 21, 2018
An exhibit of professionally designed panels with stories of persons who worked for justice and peace, both from the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition and the international community of justice advocates. The panels, created the Salford Mennonite ChurchJustice & Peace Ministry, will be supplemented by a display of items from the Mennonite Heritage Center collection relating to Mennonite experience in World War I, as well as a video entitled Symbols of Peace, produced by the Heritage Center for an earlier exhibit.
Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA
Allentown Art Museum is a wonderful local museum that offers free admission on every third Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and every Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. (and often has special events and activities during those free admission times, including family friendly happenings on Sunday afternoons).
In addition to a marvelous permanent art collection, their special exhibits are always worth the visit. Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is often forgotten despite being free, open to the public, and just down the road from the Valley in Collegeville, PA (601 E Main Street). The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and currently has four exhibitions on display, in addition to its permanent collection.