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Collections and Exhibits

Art Gallery

Memories of China, Part II: Selections from the Flora Heebner Collection
Through February 20, 2019

Schwenkfelder Missionary Flora Heebner served in China from 1904 to 1942, and during her tenure there, accumulated a large collection of textiles, ceramics, and other objects that illustrated her experiences. The Heritage Center will present part of this collection in the Art Gallery along with photos of the places Flora called home and the many friends and colleagues she made over her nearly forty-year stay.

Sacred Paintings by Rebecca Ross
February 22 - April 26, 2019

This winter we welcome back Berks County artist Rebecca Ross for an exhibit featuring her interpretations of Biblical stories. Ross combines her knowledge of art history and her spirituality to create these vibrant and arresting images using an oil pastel scratch-board technique. You won't want to mess this exhibit!

First Floor Gallery

Annual Christmas Putz
November 8 - March 15, 2019

Our annual Christmas Putz will be ready to view on November 8th. You don't know what a putz is? Visit us and find out! This year we will be featuring some additions to the collection besides our traditional fare.

Meeting Room Gallery

Vintage Christmas Textiles and Decor from the Woodland Collection
November 20 - January 20, 2019

We are delighted once again to present a selection of holiday decor from the Woodland collection that will stir nostalgia for Christmases past. Remember those charming Christmas tablecloths that enlivened dinner tables years ago? We'll be featuring those in the Meeting Room, and much more.

Braided Rugs
March 12 - May 8, 2019

This spring we welcome back our friendly rug braiders for an exhibit of new work in the Meeting Room. Stop in and learn about this wonderful versatile technique that has developed from a utilitarian method of creating rugs for the home to creative and colorful works of art. And don't miss rug braider Christine Manges' lecture at our March Brown Bag lunch.

Fraktur Gallery

Science in Pennsylvania German Everyday Life
Through April 1, 2019

No matter what grades you received in science in school, there's no denying that it permeates our lives in countless ways every day—from the technology we use, to cooking and cleaning and weather forecasts. This fall we will be having a different kind of exhibit in the Fraktur Gallery. We'll be looking at how the branches of science impacted the everyday lives of Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries. We'll consider scientific processes in food production, such as fermentation; experiments with botany; the use of astronomy in farming; aspects of medicine; mechanics and more using objects from the collection and interpretive text panels.

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