Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society


Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
(717) 393-9745


2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster PA 17602

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Jan 31 2020 - Feb 01 2020


$115.00, includes supplies. Members receive their discount.

Winter Workshop: Fraktur (2 Day Event)

Emily Smucker-Beiler, an accomplished fraktur artist, presents a two-part workshop on January 31 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and on February 1 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA.

To enroll in the workshop, follow the link, or call 717.393.9745. Cost: $115. Members receive their discount.

Some prior fraktur drawing experience is helpful but not essential. All supplies included.

Workshop participants will create a one-of-a-kind fraktur. Various patterns will be available as well to help students design something of their own, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or favorite saying.

Fraktur was created by Pennsylvania Germans during the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries and features calligraphic text decorated with colorful birds, hearts, and flowers. The tradition has its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe but evolved into a distinctive part of the local Pennsylvania German culture.

The class focuses on the legacy of schoolmaster Christopher Dock who “sowed the seeds” of imagination for future generations of skilled fraktur artists. Schoolmasters drew much of the fraktur, often creating rewards for good students.

Hourly Schedule

Part 1

6 pm - 7:30 pm

Part 2

9 am - 1 pm