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940 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19601 | (610) 375-4375 
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm

940 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19601
(610) 375-4375 
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm

PA Dutch Classes

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Connect with Your Berks County Heritage

Berks History Center is pleased to offer in-person and online classes that explore the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Pennsylvania Dutch is an American language that developed from the immigration of German speakers to colonial Pennsylvania. It is also referred to as Pennsylvania German to emphasize its German roots.

Enrolling in a Pennsylvania Dutch class at the Berks History Center offers a fun opportunity for students to enjoy the fellowship of other Pennsylvania Dutch enthusiasts, but more importantly, it allows an opportunity to celebrate and preserve this rich cultural heritage.


Our course offerings include:

Beginner Course

Our beginner’s course is perfect for students with little knowledge of the language, or for more experienced speakers who would benefit from a review. The beginner course introduces students to vocabulary, common phrases, and very basic grammar. This course also includes weekly culture lessons which provide students with a better understanding and appreciation of the people and the communities which speak Pennsylvania Dutch. This course uses a workbook, A Pennsylvania Dutch Beginner’s Guide, by Bradley Smith, which will be provided to all students prior to the start of class (in-person students will receive a printed version, online students will receive an electronic version).

All classes run for 8 weeks. Classes cost $70 for BHC members (Individual Level Members and above) and $140 for non-members. Participants can become a BHC member by signing up online.