National Geographic : 1938 Jul
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH -IN A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY © National Geographic Society LJutaycolor Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts "COME. YE THANKFUL PEOPLE. COME: RAISE THE SONG OF HARVEST HOME!" Lutherans in the little church at Neffs, near Allentown, sing the old hymn by Lowell Mason at their annual service of thanks for bountiful crops. Fruit and vegetable offerings are banked high about the chancel. Members are Pennsylvania Dutch, descendants of Germans from the Rhine Valley and Swiss who settled in the southeastern part of the State from 1683 to the middle of the eighteenth century. The name applied to the industrious folk is a corruption of their own term for themselves, " Deitsch." Some, however, prefer to be called "'Pennsylvania Germans."