Written by Forrest Moyer on June 10, 2020
Recently, a post about scrapple on the Pennsylvania Dutch At-Home Companion blog generated a lot of interest. This post contributes another primary source on scrapple, from Henry R. Bergey of Franconia Township, writing circa 1925.
Henry Ruth Bergey (1843-1925) was a farmer in ”Bergey Valley” along the Indian Creek in Franconia. This is the last entry in a manuscript notebook begun in 1924 when he was 80 years old. You can read more about Henry and his notebook in this post
Written by Sarah Heffner on July 10, 2019
Mennonite Heritage Center staff have been exploring and developing a major exhibit on the topic of food, a daily and essential part of our lives. Food touches on creation, celebration and community. Food is also increasingly a concern, as we hear daily news about extreme weather cycles and global strife impacting the production of food and people’s access to adequate food.
Museum exhibits about food have ranged from reproducing nostalgic food themes as a reflection of culture to more participatory
Written by Forrest Moyer on October 4, 2018
This article was first published in the MHEP Newsletter in June 1978. Photos are from Willoughby Moyer’s booklet on the Bean family (1975), unless otherwise noted.
Anna W. Kulp was born October 7, 1865 near Harmony Square, later known as Creamery, in Skippack Township. Her parents were Isaac K. Kulp (1822-1892) and Susanna H. Williams (1823-1871). When she was six years old, her mother died, and young “Annie” went to live with Isaac K. Gottshall and his wife, Sarah B. Kulp,
Written by Steve Diehl on May 4, 2017
The 2017 Heritage Banquet was held on Friday, April 28th at the Heritage Center
“Let us walk again the pilgrim path.”
With these words from the invocation of Steve Kriss, Executive Minister of the Franconia Conference, 80 guests headed down that path. One storyteller was Friedrick Alldörfer, whose passage was across the Atlantic in 1733. Friedrick was portrayed by Heritage Center historian Joel Alderfer, an actual descendant. He hosted guests in the cross-section of his ship, the focal