National Geographic : 1941 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine Staff Photographer Harrison Howell Walker Mrs. Hostetter Taps Out "Home, Sweet Home" on Eight Stiegel Wineglasses The rare glassware, which forms a perfect musical octave, was made in the 18th century by Stiegel in his glassworks (page 49). Also highly prized by collectors are the old luster pitchers on the top shelf. The Hostetter home in Lancaster is furnished almost entirely with Pennsylvania Dutch antiques. "I keep on plaiting," said the Amishwoman, "till I have a strip about 25 yards long enough for one hat. Then I begin where the center of the crown will be, and sew around and around till I have something that looks like a hat." Our forefathers occupied all the fertile lime stone valleys in southeastern Pennsylvania, and then spread out into similar lands in Mary land and Virginia. After the Revolution they migrated to Ohio, Indiana, and farther west. Many later set tled in Ontario, Canada. In most of these places they rapidly lost their identity, recog nizable only by their names, the dishes that lade their tables, and the architecture of their "Holstein" barns. In Pennsylvania, and to a degree in Can ada, they-that is, we-remained "Dutch." Dutch the English Quakers called us; Dutch most of us still call ourselves. Red Barns, Cows, Apples The early settlers established fine farms. We keep them that way. They went in for scientific farming. They did not know that their laborious conservation of manure and their centuries-old method of rotating crops were scientific. Even now we do not know it until schools of agriculture come and tell us.