House Blessing Inscriptions: A Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition of Establishment
May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
This presentation, given by Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, features a survey of architectural stone inscriptions and date plaques, with parallels found in written and printed blessings used in the home. A wide range of German-language blessing inscriptions ranging from Berks, Lebanon and Lehigh will be explained, each with a English-language equivalalent, as well as their biblical and historical significance. The history of these incriptions is traced through the building and stone-carving trades, as well as linked to the interrelated traditions of both officially sanctioned church rituals regarding the blessing of buildings as well as folk applications of domestic rituals used in the home.
This event is free to the public and will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration required. Zoom registration link will become available shortly.
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