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Mennonite-Amish Culture in the Pen-Mar Highlands, page 9

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"Among the major purposes of Penn Alps is the revival and preservation of the early American arts and crafts. Housed in the reconditioned log inn is a crafts shoppe with handicrafts made by the people of the Highlands." (from Penn Alps brochure.)

"In the heart of a pastoral Pennsylvania-Dutch community of the Allegheny Highlands, settled largely by the Amish and Mennonite pioneers in the late 1700s, a Homecoming and Folk Festival had its birth in 1958.

"Symbolic of the revival of early American crafts are the many articles fashioned with infinite patience on the old shaving horse (Schnitzelbank), so essential to the life of the pioneer. This versatile contrivance was used in shaving clapboards and shingles, fashioning ax and hatchet handles, shaving brooms and dressing many other objects made of wood—operations which can be seen on the Festival grounds." (from The Home-Coming and Folk Festival brochure.)

On Friday, October 5, 1962 the author spent the day visiting the many demonstrations and exhibits. Here is a list of what he observed: Nature Crafts, Oil Painting, Art Work, Chair Caning, Basketry, Knitting, Bonnet Making, Needle and Fancy Work, Ceramics, Hand Loom Weaving, Rug Making, Quilting, Hand Made Dolls, Crafts by the Blind, Peach Seed Carving, Woodworking, Pottery, Gun Stock Making, CatTail Seat Weaving, Whistle Making, Spile Making, Carving Locust Bark, Handle Making, Splitting Shingle Blocks, Clapboard Making, Rail


Felix G. Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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