Brendle museum
Historic Schaefferstown, Inc.'s mission is the collection, preservation, study, and dissemination of the history and folk culture of the Pennsylvania Germans in South Central Pennsylvania, with particular focus on Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. The organization disseminates information through education programs for adults and children, tours of its buildings and collections, festivals and special events, and publications of research and promotional materials.

                    Historic properties owned and maintained by HSI

Historic Schaefferstown, Inc.'s 2014 Event List :

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History Mini-series

February 16, 2014 at 2 pm
Talk by Dr. William Donner, Professor of Anthropology at Kutztown University, “History of the Grundsau Lodges.”  held in the basement of the Brendle Museum 
111 N. Market St., Schaefferstown, PA  17088  

April 6, 2014  at 2 pm          
Talk by Joe Schott, Farm Manager at Landis Valley, “17th,18th and 19th Century Gardens of the Pennsylvannia Germans.”
in the basement of the Brendle Museum

Free to the public.  Donations accepted.  ALL WELCOME!     717-949-2244

Antique Appraisals
April 19, 2014, 9 am through 3 pm
held at the Brendle Museum, 111 N Market St, Schaefferstown, PA 17088 717-949-2244

Curious about items in your house that have been in the family or something you just bought? Come to the antique appraisals where Terry Breidenstine will share what he knows about your items. Cost is $5 per item with a maximum of 5 items.

Cherry Fair & Early American Craft Show
June 28, 2014 from 10 am - 5 pm
held at the historic Alexander Schaeffer Farm, 213 S Carpenter St, Route 501 south of Schaefferstown, PA !
Admission is $5, children 12 and under are Free. Members are free. Pets are not invited.

Features: quality period crafters, colonial demonstrations, family corner, hands on activities, wagon rides, contests, guided house and heirloom garden tours, blacksmith shop and sawmill demos, raffle & Sheep to Shawl, Cherry "Goodies," tasty food & ice cream!

Held Rain or Shine!

Young Villagers Colonial Workshop
July 21- 24, 2014
- for children going into grades 4,5,6,7 – learn many old traditional crafts   
members - $45,  nonmembers - $65 
Held on Alexander Schaeffer farm, 213 S. Carpenter St. (old 501 S. of Schaefferstown), 17088 from 10 am- 3 pm.
Call 717-866-5242 to register.

Fall Harvest Fair
Saturday, September 13th - Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun. 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come celebrate the harvest the Pennsylvania Dutch way! The Alexander Schaeffer Farm comes alive Saturday and Sunday during the Fall Harvest Fair. Enjoy period artisans, crafts, cooking. baking. cider-pressing, field and farm demnstrations, traditional music and entertainment, and much, much more!

There will be logging with horses, plowing, disking, and harrowing with horses, threshing of the rye grown on the farm. See the sawmill, shingle maker - all old. We will be pressing apple cider and making apple butter and corn shelling and corn cracking in the barn. View the colonial 4 square garden with heirloom plants. Tours of the Schaeffer house will be available, along with the spring house and the summer house. There is something no matter who you are.

(old 501 S. of Schaefferstown)
Cost is $5.00. Children 12 & under free with an adult. Members free. Pets are not invited.

2013-14 Saturday hands-on workshops teaching colonial era and Pa German crafts and traditions (ages 13 and up).

Held in the basement of the Brendle Museum, 111 N. Market St., Schaefferstown and are designed for ages 13 and up.

Level 1
Beginning PA German                                       Alice Spayd
Date: Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 4, 11,18, 25                                                       Bring along: Pencil or Pen and basic PA German knowledge
Apr 1, 8, 2014                                                
Time:  Tues., 1 - 3 pm                                                   
Cost:  HSI members - $45.00                                 Nonmembers - $50.00
Registration by  Aug 30, 2013

Level 2
Beginning PA German                                       Alice Spayd
Date: Feb 1, 8, 15, 22                                              Bring along: Pencil or Pen
March 1, 8, 15, 29                                                   Need previous classes on PA German
Apr 5, 12                                                                          
Time:  Tues.,9:30 - 11:30 am                                                   
Cost:  HSI members - $45.00                                 Nonmembers - $50.00
Registration by  Aug 23, 2013

Applique Pillow                                                     Janice Sonnen
Date: Jan. 18, 2014                                                Bring along: Small sharp scissors, lunch
Time: Sat. 9:00am - 2:00pm                               Snow Date: Jan. 25, 2014
Cost: HSI members: $55.00                                  Non-members: $60.00
Registration Deadline: Jan. 4, 2014 (limit 12 people)

Sgraffito Redware                                                  Susan Horst
(medium to large round or oval plate)                Bring along: pattern if you wish
Date: Sat., Feb. 1, 2014                                             Snow date: Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
Time:  9 am –noon                                                     Time:  9 am-11 am
Cost:  HSI members:  $50.00                                  Nonmembers: 55.00
Registration by Jan.  18, 2014

Basket - Market or Easter                                   Karl Gettle
Date:  Sat., Feb. 15, 2014                                          Snow Date:  Sat., Feb. 22, 2013
Time:  9 am- 3:00 pm                                                Time:  9 am – 3:00 pm
Cost:  HSI members: $40.00                                     Nonmembers:  $45.00
Registration by Feb. 1, 2014(limit 12 people)    Bring along: bucket, towel, scissors

Cane - a - Bench
  (8" x 10" x 14")                                               Dennis Michael
Date: Sat., March 1 , Sun, March 2, 2014                     
Time: Sat. 9:00am - 3:30pm; Sun. 9-12                                   Snow Date: March 8 & 9, 2014
Cost: HSI members: $50.00                                                           Non-members: $55.00
Registration Deadline: Feb, 14, 2014 (limit 8 people)          Bring along: basin, scissors, lunch

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All classes held in the basement of the Brendle Museum, 111 N. Market St., Schaefferstown, 17088.  To register, please call 717-866-5242.


      Annual Meeting
       Oct. 19, 2014 in the basement of Brendle Museum, 111 N. Market St., Schaefferstown, 17088 at 2 pm.
      Speaker: TBA
      Members and nonmembers invited - no cost.

Christkindlmarkt & Tavern Lunch
Saturday, December 13, 2014
           --- 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Christkindlmarkt at Brendle Museum, Lower Level
(111 N Market St)
          -- 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Tavern Lunch at Gemberling-Rex House
(sittings every hour, must have reservations)

Holiday shopping is a breeze at the yearly Christkindlmarkt featuring crafts of the 18th and 19th century. Browse a variety of goods, and top off the experience with an authentic colonial-style lunch (reservations required). The antics of early tavern hosts and hostesses will come as a shock for those who are unprepared for how they behaved generations ago!

5 sittings for the Tavern Lunch to be held at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1pm and 2 pm.  Call early, can only seat 20 at a time.
*Reservation Fee: $14                 

Become a member and have free admission to festivals and discounts for our Traditional Workshops and the Young Villagers Workshop plus the winter craft classes, receive the Schaefferstown Journal and four newsletters a year.    Call 717-949-2244