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Thanksgiving & Harvest Home

 
 
Thanksgiving & Harvest Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Thanksgiving & Harvest Home Marker
Inscription.

New England Puritans celebrated their November Thanksgiving as a substitute for Christmas which was forbidden to them. Pa. Gay Dutch celebrated Christmas & had their own Thanksgiving called Harvest Home.

A cultural conflict resulted when New England's Thanksgiving tradition invaded Dutch Pa. For many years, Pennsylvanians looked on Thanksgiving as just another unwanted Yankee trick & they refused to celebrate it.
 
Location. 40° 31.086′ N, 75° 46.983′ 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. The Bush Meeting (here, next to this marker); Cider (here, next to this marker); The Plain Dutch (a few steps from this marker); New Year's Day Lore (a few steps from this marker); The Candlemaker (a few steps from this marker); Funeral Feasts (a few steps from this marker); Dutch Folksong Tradition (a few steps from this marker); Dew of Heaven (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Thanksgiving & Harvest Home. Excerpt from

Thanksgiving & Harvest Home Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Thanksgiving & Harvest Home Marker and Other Markers
"Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. A Pennsylvania Dutch (German) Thanksgiving. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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