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The Boyertown Area Times - - RE­LI­GION -

risk that an ear­lier fire or rain­storm has not dam­aged the ro­mance of their his­toric façade or stone dwelling.

How­ever, th­ese his­toric early Amer­i­can homes in the East Penn Val­ley are among the best vin­tage ar­chi­tec­ture in our Repub­lic pi­o­neered by ded­i­cated Pa­tri­ots who ven­tured ev­ery­thing they had to make a new start in the New World. That is why when we look at the re­stored Seigel home on West Main Street, ev­ery­one feels the his­toric im­por­tance that he has achieved by dili­gently shar­ing his home’s her­itage with the pub­lic. But with so many log struc­tures in a Chris­tian com­mu­nity such as Kutz­town, folk­lorists and his­to­ri­ans will look for tra­di­tional “See­len Fen­sters” or soul win­dows, which were open­ings, cut in the log walls lo­cated in the down­stairs bed­rooms or Kam­mer in Di­alect where older in­di­vid­u­als ap­proach­ing death slept. The folk­lore be­hind soul win­dows is that upon death, the log block was re­moved so the soul of the de­parted may escape through the soul open­ing and as­cend to Heaven. Ge­orge Kutz, founder of Kutz­town be­ing Swiss, as well as many other PA Dutch area res­i­dents made this a preva­lent Swiss re­li­gious prac­tice taken se­ri­ously by our fore­fa­thers.

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