A look at the Official Pennsylvania Dutch Guide-Book, a 1960s treasure

Heaven only knows where I found the book I’m talking about today! It’s a copy of the Official Pennsylvania Dutch Guide-Book, published by the Pennsylvania Dutch Tourist Bureau of Lancaster in the 1960s. (Mine is the 1966 edition!)

While the book’s purpose is, it states, “making the tourist’s visit to Lancaster County the interesting and enjoyable experience it should be,” there is a short mention of York, as well as some fun information on the Pennsylvania Dutch culture that is certainly applicable to us, Lancaster’s neighbor to the west!

Above is a look at what the book says about York. Similar snippets are included for other area towns, such as Carlisle and Gettysburg.

Some of the most interesting excepts to me, though, were articles about our regional heritage and culture! They’re somewhat long, so if you’d like to read more, follow the links to see a PDF version!

· Foods – And How We Like Them by Edna Eby Heller (who you might also remember as the author of The Art of Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking)
· The Pennsylvania Dutch Language by Dr. J. William Frey, then chairman of the department of German and Russian at Franklin and Marshall College

I hope you’ll enjoy these book excerpts – they’ve been fun reading material for me!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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2 Responses to A look at the Official Pennsylvania Dutch Guide-Book, a 1960s treasure

  1. Jason Gross says:


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  2. Jim Fahringer says:

    Growing up, my grandparents often spoke Pennsylvania Dutch. They would often speak it to each other when they didn’t want me to know what they were talking about. It would often make me furious that I could not understand what they saying. My grandfather grew up in the Pigeon Hills where it appears that many spoke the dialect. Actually, according to my grandmother who attended “The Cherry Street” school – at least that is what she called it – in York, the teachers taught in the Pennsylvania Dialect until she was in the third reader before they started teaching in English. Many of the older people around the town of Jefferson (Cheferson) still speak with that “Dutchy” accent. The discussion of the Pennsylvania dialect brings back a memory from the 1960’s. During the 1960’s the Red Lion Radio Station WGCB, 1440 on the AM dial, would broadcast a weekly “Pennsylvania Dutch” radio program at 12 or 12:30 on Saturday afternoons. . It was a down-home and religious program. I often sat with my grandmother and listened to the conversation and singing and have her interpret what they were saying. It was lots of fun. The man who conducted the program was either from Jefferson or somewhere around the Spring Grove area. He was well known in the area. He may have also sung and played an instrument. I cannot think of his name. Perhaps someone will remember this well known advocate of the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and share it.

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