Publications

Rev. Date: _February, 2013

Canadian-German Folklore publications

The following items are available for purchase. Please keep in mind that book prices do not include shipping and handling. Books can be ordered from the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario by:

Markham area – Carol Smith,
Telephone: 905-640-3906 Fax: 905-640-9394
Email: Carol Smith

Waterloo area – Ralph Shantz,
Telephone: 519-390-0082
Email: Ralph Shantz

Niagara area – Larry Rittenhouse

Telephone: 905-562-8546

 

Vol. 1        CANADIAN – GERMAN FOLKLORE                                                  10.00
Collection of essays outlining the history of the Pennsylvania German Community
144p.           1961

 

Vol. 2        INTERPRETATION OF PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS                                10.00

- an interpretation by A.C. Baugher
Early Settlement in Waterloo Township.  by Ivan Groh
Fraktur design in colour on title page by Anton Novak/61    96p      1967

 

Vol. 3        THE STORY OF “HANNES & LEVI” by Ivan Groh..                             4.00
Historical novel focuses on everyday life & times of John Baer, 1804-94, a gifted      Mennonite minister ordained in 1838 by Bishop Benjamin Eby in the Waterloo             Settlement  162p  1970

 

Vol. 4        PIONEERS OF WATERLOO 1799-1889 by Ivan Groh…                        4.00
Historical facts in an interesting format.    148p     1971

 

Vol. 5        HISTORY OF COMMUNITY AROUND BLOOMINGDALE                        10.00            Locally known as Schneiders’ Corner, includes the story of farms owned by the nine children of Waterloo Township pioneer Jacob Schneider and their descendants. Compiled by Vera & Olive Schweitzer for  the Women’s Institute “Tweedsmuir History”.

– includes 96 photos of families and farm buildings        292p       1975

 

Vol. 6        PIONEER HAMLETS OF YORK                                                           10.00
Excellent history of 22 crossroad hamlets in pioneer settlements, mainly in

Markham and Vaughan Townships, north of present day Toronto. Compiled by
members of the York Chapter    207p     1977

 

Vol. 7        TALES OF THE TWENTY                                                                   10.00
Informative scrapbook of history of the Pennsylvania German community along
“Twenty Mile Creek” in Vineland/Jordan area    188p     1979

 

Vol. 8        SAMUEL FRY THE WEAVER & MENNONITES OF THE TWENTY               10.00
B. Coffman.  Historical novel based on facts of the early Pennsylvania German
Mennonite settlement in Vineland/Jordan area    272p      1982

 

Vol. 9        MORE HAMLETS OF YORK                                                                10.00
History of pioneer crossroad hamlets, mainly in Markham and Vaughan Townships,
north of Toronto.            228p      1985

 

Vol. 10    THREE PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN PIONEER HOMESTEADS IN ONTARIO    10.00

The families and their way of life..well illustrated with 40 photos, some coloured.
Attractive coffee table book.

Co-authors Albert Hunsberger & Lorna Bergey   80p

 

Vol. 11    A LOCALIZED STUDY OF PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN DIALECT
IN WATERLOO COUNTY, ONTARIO by Dr. Kathryn Burridge…159p        Out of Print

 

Vol. 12        AT YOUR OWN RISK                                                                     10.00
150 recipes for home remedies used by Pennsylvania German settlers in Ontario             compiled by Lorne R. Smith.
Pen sketches by Paul Burkholder        120p       1991

 

Vol. 13        THOSE ENTERPRISING PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS                              10.00
Documents of multi-generation enterprises of Ontario Pennsylvania German
families in Ontario ca. 1806-1980’s        253p     1995

 

Vol. 14        A HOUSE OF DREAMS: From Wellesley to Hespeler                           10.00
Local history “with a dash of romance”  Author Fred Habermehl. The story
of his great-grandmother, from a Pennsylvania German Mennonite family
married to a Roman Catholic immigrant.     136p      1997

 

Vol. 15        DIARIES OF OUR PENNSYLVANIAN GERMAN ANCESTORS                10.00            1816-1925 Fascinating accounts of the life and travels of our Pennsylvania German ancestors, as recorded in their diaries and letters.     117p     2002

 

Vol. 16        CHECK REIN – A JOURNEY OF REMEMBRANCE                                  20.00
Interesting account of growing up in the Isaac Baker family under the influence
of five Christian denominations including Old Order Mennonite and Old Order
German Baptist.  Her father’s harness-making business is described in some detail.
Author Ruth (Baker) Reesor                2003

 

Vol. 17        THE CONESTOGA TRAIL, PENNSYLVANIA TO UPPER CANADA              10.00
Follow the trail of our Pennsylvania German ancestor families who came along
the Susquehanna River and over the Allegheny mountains, through New York
State to Black Rock on the Niagara River on their way to the Twenty, Waterloo
and York in the early 1800’s.  A modern-day travel guide follows the trail with maps.
Author Lorne R. Smith            24p        2004

 

Vol. 18           EARLY LIFE & TIMES IN THE TWENTY
including THE LIFE & LEGACY OF SAMUEL FRY                                                   10.00
An interesting account of the settlement of the Twenty including an accurate
timeline of before, during and after the Pennsylvania Germans’ migration from
Bucks County, PA. to “The Twenty”, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada.
Authors Benjamin E. Jansen and Larry Rittenhouse          80p        2007

 

Vol. 19    OVER MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS                                                           50.00
Letters received by Bishop Christian Reesor of Markham from members
of Mennonite communities in Indiana, Manitoba, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario
and Pennsylvania during the period 1859 to 1915 as organized and
translated by his great grandson George Reesor    588p      2009

 

Vol. 20    IT WAS ALL WORTHWHILE                                                                     15.00
The life and times of Roy and Clara Snyder.  Roy Snyder grew up in an Old
Order family but became a successful leader in Agriculture Stockyards and
the Waterloo community as well as the Artificial Insemination Industry.
Roy and Clara tell their stories including involvement in MEDA, Conrad Grebel
College and Erb Street Mennonite Church, Kitchener   115p    2010

 

Vol. 21    LORNA (SHANTZ) BERGEY: Her Literary Legacy                                      25.00

Lorna wrote extensively about her Mennonite origins, her life and her faith. She presented her papers at historical meetings, churches and in publications. The book shows her interest in her community of Wilmot Township, her family,  and the Mennonite founders of Waterloo Region. It shows her extensive knowledge in detailed stories, connecting historical facts, people, places and events. She was the recipient of several awards of excellence.       344p       2011

 

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Note:  Booklet prices shown do not include postage.

(1991) 40th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET $5.00
A brief history of the Society and its activities 1951 to 1991

 

(2001) 50th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET $5.00
An update of the 40th anniversary booklet, 1951 – 2001 48 pp

 

(2011) 60th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET $5.00
A 10 year update of the Society’s history and activity to 2011  36 pp

 

 

VIDEOS PRODUCED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY OF ONTARIO

Note: Video prices shown  include postage.


NO BORDERS 20.00

The story of the Pennsylvania German (Mennonite) migration to
York County that began in 1803. This is a 30-minute video plus
60 minutes of interviews with descendants of the early settlers
Available in VHS & DVD

 

CORN, WHEAT & MAPLE SYRUP 20.00
From Pennsylvania to York County in 1800 and back to Pennsylvania
In 1998.  The story of one Pennsylvania German family’s migrations
And their maple syrup business.     (approx. 30 minutes)
Available in VHS & DVD

 

A GRAND DECISION 20.00
Follow the journey of the Pennsylvania German immigrants from the
valleys of Switzerland to Waterloo Township in the Upper Grand
Valley in Ontario.  They found affordable agricultural land and a
guarantee of religious freedom.  The journey was demanding but
the rewards fulfilling.  And they are still here.

Available in VHS & DVD

 


Books and videos may be obtained from:

Markham area – Carol Smith,
Telephone:  905-640-3906        Fax:  905-640-9394
Email:  Carol Smith

Waterloo area – Ralph Shantz,
Telephone: 519-390-0082
Email: Ralph Shantz

Niagara area – Larry Rittenhouse

Telephone: 905-562-8546

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