Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fraktur and Scherenschnitt at RittenhouseTown

Historic RittenhouseTown presents one-day introductory workshops on Fraktur and on Scherenschnitte, traditional Pennsylvania German paper crafts.
Fraktur, named for an angular style of German script, is a type of decoratively painted manuscript, commonly made to mark births, weddings, and other special occasions. Scherenschnitte, or decorative paper cutting, appears in many cultures; this workshop focuses on the 19th century Pennsylvania German tradition.
Philadelphia is a center of Pennsylvania German cultural studies. The Free Library of Philadelphia owns a large collection of Fraktur manuscripts.

Introduction to Fraktur

Date: August 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $55.00

Scherenschnitte (Paper Cutting)

Date: September 6m 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $45.00

General Details

  • No special skills required.  
  • Adults only please.
  • Time: 10:00-2:00 in the 
  • Bring a bag lunch. 
  • Location: Homestead, Historic RittenhouseTown, 207 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia. 
  • Contact: 215-438-5711, email information@rittenhousetown.org.


Note:  GPS, MapQuest, etc. will not give correct directions.