About the fraktur workshopThe event is open to children and accompanying parents or guardians. FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED because of limited space.
To make a reservation or for more information, call 570-421-7703 or contact us.
Pennsylvania German FrakturSaturday, May 6, 2017 • 1-4 p.m.
Kapp Hall Room 128
Northampton Community College
2411 Route 715
Candace Kintzer Perry, curator of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg, will give a presentation on the historical and cultural significance of Pennsylvania German fraktur, which will include a “Show and Tell” component.
Rachel Yoder, artist and children’s author, will lead a hands-on workshop in which children create their own fraktur using paper and watercolor paint.
Pennsylvania German fraktur (frok-tur) is an art form that originated in Germany as a practice of recordkeeping in the 1750s, and came to America with German immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pennsylvania German fraktur is featured in a variety of religious and secular works, including birth and baptismal records, marriage certificates, family registers, poems, children’s alphabet books, hymns, and prayer books. Its images often include birds, hearts and floral images.
Candace Kintzer Perry’s recent exhibition titled, “Children and Faith in Pennsylvania German Culture,”discussed fraktur’s role in educating children. She published an article in the journal of the Pennsylvania German Society in 2013 that explores the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center’s fraktur collection.
Rachel Yoder’s artwork has been exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery. She has been featured in Deitsch and Side Arts and reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her artistic style seeks to contemporize Pennsylvania German fraktur and make it accessible to a younger audience.
Yoder is the author and illustrator of Penny Olive, a bilingual children’s book.