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Mennonite schoolmaster Christopher Dock first published his A Hundred Necessary Rules of Conduct for Children in 1764. It instructed children how to keep their belongings tidy, behave in public and stay awake in church. While even the best-behaved Mennonite boy couldn't resist the allure of a well-placed puddle, the schoolmaster laid out helpful guidelines. Schoolteacher Paul Breon brings the rules into context for today's children and parents in Necessary Rules for Children in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, with charming period photography by Tonya Wilhelm. Rediscover timeless wisdom in the first guide to etiquette published in the American colonies.
In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the remnants of one of the oldest European magical practices found in America remains: Hex, also called Hex und Speilwerk or Pow Wow. The author, a third-generation Hexenmeister, teaches the actual practices and examines the history of the Swiss-German traditions from which Hex is derived, and includes instructions for practicing Hex. Diagrams.