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Landis Valley is proud to have on its staff Dr. Irwin Richman, professor emeritus of Pennsylvania State University and a prolific author.  His passion for Pennsylvania German culture and gardening led him to write over 25 books and over 170 articles and reviews.  He has passed on his knowledge in other ways, too:  he taught garden history classes at Penn State and Longwood Gardens, he lectures for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and he has the honor of being the consultant for the Spring, 2013 “Vintage Seed Art” and 2014 Valentine Forever® stamps collections.

His association with Landis Valley is a long one, having served many roles at the museum since 1961.  Currently, he is our research associate and, when not writing books and articles and giving lectures and tours for Summer Institute, he helps at Herb and Garden Faire and Harvest Days.


Articles featuring Dr. Richman

"How Does His Garden Grow?"  by Jane Holahan

"Vintage Seed Art:  An Interview With Dr. Irwin Richman"

"Goschenhoppen Homestead" by Virginia Smith

"Roadtrip Back in Time" by Virginia Smith


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Books about Pennsylvania German Culture

German Architecture in America
The Landis Family:  A Pennsylvania German Family Album
Living Crafts, Historic Tools
(co-authored with Michael Emery)
The Photography of Henry K. Landis:  Pennsylvania and New York
(co-authored with Oscar Beisart)
The Pennsylvania Dutch Country  
Postcards of Lancaster County, PA
Pennsylvania German Arts
Holidays & Other Weird Events

Horticulture Books

Pennsylvania German Farms, Gardens and Seeds  
Seed Art:  The Package Made Me Buy It  
Fruit in Graphic Art 
(co-authored with Michael Emery)
 
Yesterday's Farm Tools and Equipment 
(co-authored with Michael Emery)
 
Heritage Gardens and Heirloom Seeds:  Melded Cultures with a Pennsylvania German Accent
(co-authored with Michael Emery)