Document Type




Download Full Text (1.6 MB)




recipes, comb honey, Kutztown Folk Festival, bees, beeswax, grafting wax, straw skeps, bee hives, bee lore


A handwritten letter and enclosed set of typed note cards written by Lester Breininger addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated July 9, 1959. Within, folk beliefs and sayings surrounding bees, bee stings and beeswax are compiled from the 1959 Kutztown Folk Festival as well as recipes for honey cookies and grafting wax.


Lester Breininger


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 62-5


Reading, Pennsylvania


July 9, 1959

Dear Sir:

Enclosed find your copy of “Bee Lore” Its the best I could do this year.

We handed out many cookie samples. That’s our expense. We printed recipes ourselves but the cards cost $1.85 for 1000. Is that our expense?

I hauled the things there and home again with my fathers truck so there is no added expense there. But I did attend eight days in between. My wife helped four of those days in costume. That’s in the bargain.

Your Beekeeper

Lester Breininger

253 W. Oley St.

Reading, Penna.


English and German

Rights Statement

This item is available courtesy of the Ursinus College Library Special Collections Department. It is not to be copied or distributed for commercial use. For permissions which fall outside of educational use, please contact the Special Collections Department.

Letter From Lester Breininger to Alfred L. Shoemaker, July 9, 1959



Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright. URI:
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.