Learn about Moravian fraktur on Jan. 17

By on January 7, 2015

Join the board members of the Lititz Historical Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 17, as they welcome fraktur expert Del-Louise Moyer as part of the foundation’s first winter lecture of 2015.

“Fraktur,” which is primarily found in early Pennsylvania German culture, is defined as stylized and/or highly decorative watercolors or ink paintings or drawings often resembling birds, tulips, hearts, unicorns, or other mythical creatures.

As part of a groundbreaking first-time-ever study of Moravian fraktur, Moyer will use examples from the Lititz Historical Foundation’s 1792 Johannes Mueller House, Linden Hall, the Moravian Archives at Lititz and Bethlehem, and other international Moravian and non-Moravian archives and museum sources to introduce 21st-century fraktur lovers to the world of 18th- and 19th- century Moravian fraktur, and will show how Moravians created documents similar to the fraktur we now associate with the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Moyer holds a master’s degree in music with special studies in German from Syracuse University. She is a German research consultant and historian of 18th and 19th century American and German cultural history, in particular Pennsylvania German culture and decorative arts. As a curator and cataloger for special collections that focuses on German folk art objects, Moyer has provided comprehensive research, transcriptions, and translations of documents written in Fraktur and German script, presentations, exhibitions, curatorial and photography services to both audiences and clients since 2008.

The lecture will take place in the Lititz Library’s community room on Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 626-2255.

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