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House Blessing Inscriptions: A Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition of Establishment
This presentation, given by Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, features a survey of architectural stone inscriptions and date plaques, with parallels found in written and printed blessings used in the home. A wide range of German-language blessing inscriptions ranging from Berks, Lebanon, and Lehigh will be explained, each with an English-language equivalent, as well as their biblical and historical significance. The history of these inscriptions is traced through the building and stone-carving trades, as well as linked to the interrelated traditions of both officially sanctioned church rituals regarding the blessing of buildings as well as folk applications of domestic rituals used in the home.

May 8, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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