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Oley Valley Heritage Association

The Oley Valley Heritage Association is a group of people who are very proud of their heritage in the Oley Valley and share a common interest in keeping the history of the Valley alive. We welcome you to enjoy your visit by viewing historic properties and beautiful scenery from the Oley Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania and learning what our organization is all about.


The background of the Oley Valley Heritage Association can be traced to a local water loss incident in Oley Township in October 1978. A Concerned Citizens group looking for help, applied to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Oley Township was subsequently selected for the Trust's Rural Project in 1980-83. At the conclusion of the project, the whole township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the largest nomination of its kind. After the National Trust project ended, the Oley Valley Heritage Association was incorporated.

Today, the Oley Valley Heritage Association has the following Mission Statement:

Mission Statement
The Oley Valley Heritage Association is dedicated to promoting education, publishing information and encouraging preservation of those subjects that reflect the heritage of the Oley Valley.


Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country

presented by Patrick J. Donmoyer

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00PM
Oley Fair Centre Building, 26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA
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Join us as we learn about customs, rituals and folkways known among the PA Dutch as Braucherei or powwowing used primarily for the healing and protection of humans and their domesticated animals.

Everyone is invited to attend this FREE event! No membership is required but would be greatly appreciated! Complimentary refreshments will be provided after the program.

Oley Valley Heritage Association
About the Speaker:
Patrick Donmoyer, formerly of Lebanon, PA, is the Site Director at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, a folklife museum and research center on the Kutztown Campus. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch and advocate for regional folk culture, he is completing a forthcoming book and is current-ly engaged in a lecture series and traveling exhibition on the tradition of ritual medicine entitled Powwowing in Pennsylvania, the book scheduled to be released in July, 2017.

Oley Valley Heritage
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DeTurk House c. 1767
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Fisher House c. 1801
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