Landis Valley weathervane: At the crossroads of promotion and folk art

Landis Valley weathervane: At the crossroads of promotion and folk art

Henry Landis (1865-1955) of Landis Valley, Lancaster County, believed that weathervanes were significant pieces of folk art that personified Pennsylvania German heritage. He collected, researched and studied these artifacts, many of which were often crafted to resemble various figures such as cows and horses, fish and roosters. Landis took notes on the weathervanes, or wetterhahn …

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Popular period pattern turns up inside historic waffle iron

Popular period pattern turns up inside historic waffle iron

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, as selected by CAP Curator Diana Zeltmann, is a mid-19th century waffle iron. This artifact appears in the recently opened Pennsylvania Icons exhibit at The State Museum. This waffle iron was manufactured by Abbott & Lawrence of Philadelphia, Pa., which launched Liberty Stove Works in 1851. The company’s factory was located …

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