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Pennsylvania Dutch Signs

The 8th grade students in Ms. James class have recently studied about the European immigrants who settled in the American colonies during the 1600s, They learned about the culture and traditions brought over by some of the immigrants. Immigrants from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France who settled in Pennsylvania come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. These immigrants brought with them their traditions of painting signs on barns, furniture, and household items to decorate their few belongings to represent positive attributes they wanted in their lives. Students researched the meanings of objects and colors used in the Pennsylvania Dutch barn signs and then dreated and defined one of their own.
 
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