Note on Amish "Old Christmas", January 6, 1961
A handwritten note on the reverse of a newspaper clipping from the Ohio Daily Record entitled, "'Old Christmas' Today Is Serious 2nd Holiday For Amish Residents Of Area", by Clif Bushnell and dated January 6, 1961. The note speculates about whether the Amish have always used this date or whether it was influenced by changes in the calendar.
Outline for an Article on Apple Butter
Alfred L. Shoemaker
A handwritten outline composed by Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated circa 1961. The list compiles various aspects of apple butter ranging from terminology and history to uses and appearances in rhymes and other literary forms.
Letter From W. A. Weller to Alfred L. Shoemaker, March 28, 1960
W. A. Weller
A handwritten letter from W. A. Weller addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated March 28, 1960. Within, Weller details the harmful consequences of working the farm on Ascension Day and Good Friday.
Letter From Lois Springer to the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, February 16, 1960
A typed letter from Lois Springer addressed to the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, dated February 16, 1960. Within, Springer inquires about an Amish bell she possesses in her personal collection and whether it found potential use in religious observations.
Letter From John I. Rempel to Alfred L. Shoemaker, January 5, 1959
John I. Rempel
A typed letter from John I. Rempel addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated January 5, 1959. Within, Rempel thanks Shoemaker for information about Pennsylvania barns and considers writing an article about the architecture of German settlers in Ontario.
Letter From Mrs. William H. Hess to Alfred L. Shoemaker, August 8, 1958
Mrs. William H. Hess
A handwritten letter sent from Mrs. William H. Hess and addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated August 8, 1958. Within, Hess writes to inform Shoemaker that the information stated on a recent radio broadcast was correct in distinguishing Sand Tarts and A. Piece cakes or cookies.
Letter From Sallie B. Fox to Alfred L. Shoemaker, August 3, 1958
Sallie B. Fox
A handwritten letter sent from Sallie B. Fox to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated August 3, 1958. Within, Fox writes in response to a cookie inquiry made during Shoemaker's program. She includes the recipes for sand tarts and A. Piece cookies.
Letter From Cora Smith to Alfred L. Shoemaker, August 3, 1958
A handwritten letter sent from Cora Smith addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated August 3, 1958. Within, Smith writes in response to claims made on Shoemaker's radio broadcast about cookies and provides her family's recipe for sand tarts and 'A piece' cookies.
Letter From D. Edward Elder to Alfred L. Shoemaker, July 10, 1958
D. Edward Elder
A handwritten letter from D. Edward Elder of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated July 10, 1958. Within, Elder informs Shoemaker of a rough drawing of a broadside of Adam and Eve that is enclosed within the letter.
Folklore Collected at Folk Festival (1958)
A typed documentation of folklore collected at the Kutztown Folk Festival, Pennsylvania, in 1958. Florence Baver notes the home town and name of each informant as well as the topics ranging from folk remedies and animal lore to Pennsylvania Dutch sayings and rhymes.
Letter From Jim Butterfield and Ike Kaufman to Editors of the Pennsylvania Dutchman, December 30, 1957
Jim Butterfield and Ike Kaufman
A typed letter from Jim Butterfield and Ike Kaufman addressed to the editors of the Pennsylvania Dutchman, dated December 30, 1957. Within, Butterfield and Kaufman write to provide insight into the Wayne County Amish and the similarities they noticed with the Lancaster County Amish in terms of games and pastimes.
Letter From George L. Moore to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 15, 1957
George L. Moore
A handwritten letter from George L. Moore addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 15, 1957. Within, Moore details lore related to Christmas Eve when young men wear masks and scare children, provides details on an old loom that will be going up for sale, and presents a Pennsylvania Dutch rhyme.
Letter From Charles R. Hepner to Alfred L. Shoemaker, April 8, 1957
Charles R. Hepner
A handwritten letter from Charles R. Hepner addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated April 8, 1957. Within, Hepner writes to corroborate a story he heard on Shoemaker's radio program about an amputated limb by relating his own experiences of phantom pain following an amputation and the method used to cure it.
Letter From Robert V. Fritz to Alfred L. Shoemaker, March 5, 1957
Robert V. Fritz
A handwritten letter from Robert V. Fritz addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated March 5, 1957. Within, Fritz details a cure for homesickness in cows and describes the process he learned to scald hogs by using a barrel.
Letter From Mrs. Frayne Stohler to Alfred L. Shoemaker, December 11, 1956
A handwritten letter from Mrs. Frayne Stohler of Andreas, Pennsylvania addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated December 11, 1956. Within, Stohler writes to provide Shoemaker with some of her old Pennsylvania Dutch weather predictions after listening to Shoemaker's radio program.
Letter From Howard A. G. Miller to Alfred L. Shoemaker, December 2, 1956
Howard A. G. Miller
A handwritten postcard from Howard A. G. Miller addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated December 2, 1956. Within, Miller provides information on how to stop bleeding via a passage in the Bible.
Letter From Lizzie Brossman to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 3, 1956
Lizzie M. Brossman
A handwritten letter from Lizzie M. Brossman addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 3, 1956. Within, Brossman details a story her father told her about a vendor at a Reading street market who spoke in Pennsylvania German about his products.
Advertisement and News Release for a Constantine Kermes Art Exhibition, April 2, 1956
Jacques Seligmann Galleries
A printed advertisement and news release from Jacques Seligmann Galleries announcing an art exhibition of paintings by Constantine Kermes, dated April 2, 1956. The one-man-show, entitled "Icons and American Saints," features Kermes' paintings of New England Shaker and Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired art as well as Byzantine iconography.
Letter From Helen Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, February 1, 1956
A handwritten letter from Helen Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated February 1, 1956. Within, Moser writes on a number of Pennsylvania-Dutch sayings, but asks Shoemaker, in particular, to not read one of them on his radio program as it is an insult to Catholics.
Letter From Helen Moser to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 17, 1955
A handwritten letter from Helen J. Moser addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 17, 1955. Within, Moser writes on a number of topics including yeast, tombstone designs, undergarment sleeves and a story about bullfrogs churning butter.
Alte Weiver Glawva
H. Wayne Gruber
A typed set of Pennsylvania German folk beliefs ("old women's beliefs" or "old wives' tales") by H. Wayne Gruber, dated January 1955. Also included are stories of a forgetful boy and a labor saving device to help women churn butter.
Remedies and Cures For Various Ailments
H. Wayne Gruber
A typed document entitled Remedies and Cures For Various Ailments by H. Wayne Gruber, dated January 1955. Within, Gruber details various "hearsay" remedies for a range of issues from sore throats to consumption.
Snitz and Knepp Recipe Advertisement
Longenecker Food Market
A typed copy of a recipe for Snitz and Knepp that was sent to Alfred L. Shoemaker in 1955. Within, the steps to make the Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy is provided on one side of the advertisement from Longenecker's Food Market. The other side lists prices for items such as lottwarrick (apple butter), schmirkase (cottage cheese), and ponhaus (scrapple).
Pennsylvania-Dutch Egg Noodles Advertisement, October 3, 1954
A colored print advertisement for Pennsylvania-Dutch brand egg noodles featured in the October 3, 1954 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine. The advertisement features the slogan, "It's the Golden Touch of the Pennsylvania-Dutch".
Letter From Helen Gardner Heiland to Alfred L. Shoemaker, August 2, 1954
Helen Gardner Heiland
A typed letter from Helen Gardner Heiland addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated August 2, 1954. Within, Heiland discusses her ties to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and her work to teach citizens of Illinois about the culture of the Amish through her library work.
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