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Sunday, January 17 “Exploring PA-German Fraktur,” 1 pm Join Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center curator Candace Kintzer Perry for an illustrated lecture on Pennsylvania German decorated manuscripts, commonly known as fraktur. Perry will introduce and define fraktur for those who are unfamiliar with these intriguing cultural artifacts, and also take the audience on a brief journey through the fraktur of Northampton and Lehigh counties. Come prepared for a lively discussion with your questions and comments. Perry is Curator of Collections at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg. Included with regular museum admission or $5 donation requested. An exhibit of the NCHGS collection of Pennsylvania-German fraktur and copy books continues till February 14 in the Regional Artists Gallery during regular museum hours. Sigal Museum of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society 342 Northampton St. Easton, PA 18042 Ph. 610 253 1222 www.sigalmuseum.org


the Spangenberg fraktur (“the Easton Bible Artist”) – on exhibit at Sigal Museum

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The Jungmann Woodblock Fraktur Artist of Reading, Pennsylvania: With a Peek at Other Woodblock Artists. By Corinne Earnest, Patricia Earnest, and Russell D. Earnest

The work of the Jungmann Woodblock Fraktur Artist (JWA) is unique. His illuminated woodcuts which include birds, flowers, colonial figures, and mermaids decorate 23 documented Taufscheine (baptism certificates). His hand-stamped artwork was often the only decoration on a Taufschein, giving each sheet a distinct, easily-recognizable look.

The Earnests also provide a glimpse into the work of 11 other fraktur artists who decorated with woodblocks including Henrich Otto, the Pseudo Otto Artist, the Hanovertown Artist, Samuel Siegfried, and others.

Temporarily available only from Russell D. Earnest Associates. Bookstore owners, historical societies, and etc., email for discounts on bulk purchases.

S/C, B/W and color illustration, 47 pages. Everyname Index. 22. 95 plus 3.99 s/h. Shipping is free on orders placed through the website: www.earnestarchivesandlibrary.com



As most of you know, Corinne Pattie Earnest, the driving force behind Russell D. Earnest Associates and The Earnest Archives and Library, died late in May. Patricia Earnest stepped into Corinne’s shoes and will keep the business and the library moving forward.

One of Corinne’s last projects was the Ernst (Earnest) and Pattie Ahnentafel (a genealogical list of “begats” which reads like a phone book). It includes many other surnames related to Ernst and Pattie, such as: Knapp, Osantowski, Toot (Dutt), Weiser, Gibson, Douglas, Watkins, and many others. The 59 page Ernst (Earnest) and Pattie Ahnentafel is now available at $19.95, postage included if ordered from the web site. Otherwise add $3.00 s/h.

As mentioned, Russell D. Earnest Associates remains in business and books listed herein are available. We are putting the finishing touches on The Jungmann Woodblock Fraktur Artist and A Peek At Other Woodblock Artists. We anticipate the book will be available before December.

We would like to thank all of you regarding your kind words in memory of Corinne.

Ernest Pattie Ahnentafel cover





Selected References
Amsler, Cory M. PDF Print E-mail

Amsler, Cory M., editor, Bucks County Fraktur. The Bucks County Historical Society and The Pennsylvania German Society, 1999. Quality color illustrations, indexed, 387 pages, hardcover.

Bird, Michael S. PDF Print E-mail

Bird, Michael S., Ontario Fraktur: A Pennsylvania-German Folk Tradition in Early Canada. Toronto, Canada: M.F. Feheley Publishers, 1977. Indexed, illustrated, 144 pages, hardcover.

Bird, Michael S., O Noble Heart-O Edel Herz: Fraktur and Spirituality in Pennsylvania-German Folk Art. Heritage Center of Lancaster County, 2002. Color and black-and-white illustrations. Indexed, 160 pages, softcover.

Borneman, Henry S. PDF Print E-mail

Borneman, Henry S., Pennsylvania German Illuminated Manuscripts: A Classification of Fraktur-Schriften and An Inquiry into Their History and Art. Dover Publications NY. The 1973 paperback edition of original work published in 1937 by The Pennsylvania German Society. Color illustrations, 91 pages, softcover.

Breininger, Lester P. PDF Print E-mail

Breininger, Lester P., Celebrating the Pennsylvania Germans: The Kunkel Family Fracturs. Reading PA: Friends of the Reading Museum, 1997. Color and Black-and-white illustrations. This 16-page booklet covers several generations of fraktur from the Kunkel family of Albany Township, Berks County PA.

Comstock, H.E. PDF Print E-mail

Comstock, H.E. Southern Fraktur (working title). Comprehensive study of southern fraktur. Illustrated in color. Indexed, hardcover. (Available in 2011.)


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