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Brown Signs on the Autobahn- Notable sights in Germany

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I’m the kind of person who loves roadside attractions. If there is a sign saying “Biggest Ball of Yarn” or “Caves of Wonder”, I’m telling the driver to PULL OVER! So you can imagine my delight (and my family’s frustration) when I discovered the Brown Signs on the Autobahn pointing out German Tourist attractions! Everywhere […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

“View Master: The Biography of William B Gruber” Immigrant Success Story

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View Master $150 seems to be a magic number for German immigrants. William B Gruber and my father both arrived here in the United States with $150 in their pockets. From there they chose different paths. In tge book, “View Master, The Biography of William B Gruber”, his daughter Gretchen J Gruber lovingly shares the […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

What’s the most Scary German Children’s book? Surviving a German Childhood

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Growing up it never occurred to me that the books and Fairy Tales I read were that different, but as it turns out the biggest difference between growing up with American Parents and German Parents can be found in the stories we are read/told as children. My American friends grew up hearing about Cinderella being dressed […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

What was Peasant Life Like? Our Daily Bread: German Village Life 1500-1850

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Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 Most history books give you plain facts… you learn about wars, you learn who was king, and where the borders changed. What you don’t usually get, is what was it LIKE to be a peasant and have battles raging around you? To actually struggle to feed a family? […]

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia

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