Monday, October 11, 2010

Stereotyping of the Settlers

One of the chief comments that we hear from critics of Urglaawe is that "all Pennsylvania Germans were hardcore Christians." This statement is absurd, and it has been disproved using several sources in the past. While the first wave of Deitsch settlers were indeed of Anabaptist sects, subsequent waves were primarily seeking economic opportunity.

Recently we came across another resource that contained some classic references, most notably this one:

"Not all Pennsylvania-German pioneers were good Christian people. With such as were not, sin did abound, and men were given to idolatry, giving to the creature what is to be given to God only; they abused God's name by profanity, by superstitious practices..."

Schantz, FJF.

Domestic Life and Characteristics of the Pennsylvania German Pioneer, 1900

Perhaps this will help place the stereotype of the Deitsch folks be put to rest!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcoming Newsletter

Beginning either late in 2010 or early in 2011, Distelfink Sippschaft will be taking over the publication of Hollerbeier Haven, which is currently being published by The Three Sisters Center for the Healing Arts.

The publication will continue to cover various aspects of the Deitsch culture, particularly Urglaawe and Braucherei.

Distelfink Sippschaft

Distelfink Sippschaft now has a new presence on the web: