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Contact: Communications and Development

Free Library to Host Extensive Programming As Part of Framing Fraktur

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to present an extensive array of fraktur-inspired programs and events for adults as part of its three-month Framing Fraktur celebration of Pennsylvania German folk art and its ties to contemporary art. Framing Fraktur runs from March 2 through June 14, 2015, and will bring to life this delightfully detailed folk art form through extensive programming and two unique exhibitions: Quill & Brush, a historic exhibition featuring original fraktur works from the Free Library’s extensive collection, and Word & Image, a contemporary exhibition featuring the work of seven international artists.


“I am excited that the Free Library is able to present its important fraktur collection in such a unique and accessible way,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “By connecting historic art with contemporary art—and helping Philadelphians relate to it and learn about it through unique, hands-on programs—the Free Library is truly reimagining just what a library can be in the 21st century.”


Listed below are highlights of free Framing Fraktur programming. For a complete, up-to-date listing of all upcoming events, visit


Pennsylvania German Cooking Classes

  • DIY Sauerkraut—Learn to make and can sauerkraut with cookbook author Marisa McClellan.

Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. | Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center

  • Cooking the Pennsylvania Dutch Way—Learn to make chicken and dumplings with Chef Beth Dinice.

Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. | Parkway Central Library, Culinary Literacy Center

Advance ticket required; available online at


Pennsylvania German Fraktur A to Z

Lisa Minardi, guest curator of the Quill & Brush exhibition in the Parkway Central Library’s William B. Dietrich Gallery and assistant curator at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, presents a comprehensive lecture.

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. | Parkway Central Library, Rare Book Department


Lettering in the Fraktur Style

Enjoy hands-on instruction in the art of lettering and calligraphy.

Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. | Parkway Central Library, Print and Picture Collection


Illustrated Verse: Poetry Broadsides

Craft an original poem and create a broadside (a poem illustrated with artwork), which were popular in Pennsylvania German fraktur culture.

Wednesday, June 3 | Parkway Central Library, Room 405


Major support for Framing Fraktur has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, American Airlines Cargo, Christie’s, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation.




The 61-location Free Library of Philadelphia system advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi; and rich special collections, including  those at Parkway Central Library and at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. With more than 6 million in-person and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850