“Birds, Hearts, and Flowers: The Art of Pennsylvania German fraktur;” A children’s hands-on workshop and presentation

Saturday, May 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Monroe County Historical Association

The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to announce a presentation and hands-on workshop teaching children about Pennsylvania German fraktur. 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. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus, Kapp Hall, Room 128, Tannersville, PA 18372.

Pennsylvania German fraktur (frok-tur) is an art form that originated in Germany as a practice of record keeping 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,” discusses fraktur’s role in educating children. Kintzer Perry has also 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, and featured in Deitsch, 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.

Amy Leiser, Executive Director of the Monroe County Historical Association said, “We are so proud to be a community partner with Northampton Community College and be able to provide an appreciation of the humanities through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

The presentation and workshop are free, but due to limited space, reservations are required. The event is open to children and accompanying parents or guardians. The presentation and workshop will be held in Kapp Hall, Room 128 of Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email info@monroehistorical.org


Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus
2411 Route 715
Tannersville, Pennsylvania 18372