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Kutztown in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Dutch Ballads

 
 
Pa. Dutch Ballads Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Pa. Dutch Ballads Marker
Inscription.

The ballad is a narrative song which deals with murder, suicide, natural calamities, & unrequited love. Although ballads were sung throughout Europe, most American ballads parallel the British Isle's ballads. Pa. Dutch ballads were often of a religious nature & dealt with Biblical subjects & personal religious experiences: the wages of sin: & Biblical stories such as Solomon & the Queen of Sheeba. Both secular & religious ballads usually dealt with some tragedy: they were better suited to solo rather than choral singing. In days gone by, Pa. Dutch grandmothers would sing these ballads to youngsters to warn them of evil.
 
Location. 40° 31.065′ N, 75° 47.034′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cider Making (here, next to this marker); Colouring Easter Eggs (here, next to this marker); Two Worlds - Dutch Country (here, next to this marker); Brick-End Decorated Barns (here, next to this marker); Griener Dunnerschdag

Pa. Dutch Ballads Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Pa. Dutch Ballads Marker and Other Markers
Looking SW
(a few steps from this marker); Wheelbarrow Matches (within shouting distance of this marker); Quilting Lore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Conestoga Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Pennsylvania Dutch Ballads. Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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