“Heaven’s Letter” The Himmelsbrief – BHC Museum Collection

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The Himmelsbrief or ‘heaven’s letter’ was a charm which a person carried or hung in their home for protection against evil.  The most common iteration was the Magdeburg Letter which purportedly fell from the sky in 1783 after having been written by God Himself.  Scholars  have discovered that the text of the Magdeburg Himmelsbrief existed in central Europe at least as early as the fifteenth century, and would have already been known for centuries when German-speaking immigrants brought the concept with them to Pennsylvania.  This particular Himmelsbrief belonged to John Huyett, a Pennsylvania-German who lived in Cumru Township from 1798 to 1887.  It was printed by a J. Rohr of Philadelphia, probably about 1850.

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One thought on ““Heaven’s Letter” The Himmelsbrief – BHC Museum Collection

  1. In a Trump administration, we should all obtain a copy of “Heaven’s Letter” and hang in our home, since we’re all in for a hell of a time in the next 4 years.

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