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Goschenhoppen Historians audiovisual materials collection

circa 1967-2011, 34 linear feet


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.
Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc..
Goschenhoppen Historians audiovisual materials collection
circa 1967-2011
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34 Linear feet
Goschenhoppen, one of the oldest continuously existing Pennsylvania German communities in America, is a geographic region in Montgomery County. The bulk of the Goschenhoppen Historians audiovisual materials collection, 1967-2011, depicts the annual folk festival put on by the Historians. There are also photographs and recordings of other Goschenhoppen Historians events and lectures, as well as oral histories.
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"Goschenhoppen is one of the oldest continuously existing Pennsylvania German communities in America. This geographic region occupies a small corner of southeastern Pennsylvania in Montgomery County. The Goschenhoppen Historians Inc., was founded in 1964 in order to preserve the folk culture of this area's earliest immigrant settlers, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch."


Goschenhoppen Historians. "Home Page." Accessed December 16, 2011.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slides, audiocassettes, photographic prints, audio tapes, VHS tapes, and photograph negatives. Most photographs and slides depict the annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, but some cover other Goschenhoppen events, such as the annual Christmas party. There are also some audio recordings of Goschenhoppen events and lectures, although the majority of the audiocassettes are oral history interviews. The collection also includes several VHS tapes, which appear to contain lessons, recordings of the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, and quilt exhibits.

The slides in this collection are organized and indexed up to 1991.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories


Records processed and finding aid prepared with support from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access Restrictions

Contact Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials created by the Goschenhoppen Historians.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Green Lane (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Pa.)
  • Upper Frederick (Pa. : Township)
  • Local history
  • Manners and customs
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Quilting
  • Schwenkfelders

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