Christkindlmarkt: Pennsylvania German Traditions at Union Mills Homestead

Christkindlmarkt: Pennsylvania German Traditions at Union Mills Homestead

Just who is Belsnickel? To some the answer may come readily, but for others it is an unknown word. The Belsnickel and related Kris Kindle customs trace to the Palatinate area of Germany. During the early 1700s, these customs were brought to North America by early German immigrants. For many Pennsylvania German families, Kris Kindle or Christkindle was the St.

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B.F. Shriver Co. 150th Anniversary Event

B.F. Shriver Co. 150th Anniversary Event

In 1869, Benjamin Franklin Shriver (known to friends and family as “Frank”) started a cannery to preserve excess crops from his father’s farming and milling business. He set up a small canning operation in the cooper’s shop adjacent to the grist mill at Union Mills, owned by his father William Shriver. From this modest shop, where B.F. Shriver began packing

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