Bernhart & Company: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art Fraktur (1774-1850)

9780615550848: Bernhart & Company: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art Fraktur (1774-1850)
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This 122-page full color softbound exhibit catalogue was published by The Heritage Museum, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in Dayton, Virginia for its June 1, 2011 to January 21, 2012 exhibit of the same name. Editors: Pat Turner Ritchie and Exhibit Director Bonnie Lineweaver Paul. Although primary focus is on the work of "the prolific Rockingham County fraktur artist, Peter Bernhart," additional regional fraktur artists are also featured, resulting in more than 70 illustrated and translated "treasured decorated certificates celebrating births and baptisms, marriages and house blessings, and other significant family events in the lives of the early German and Swiss settlers." The book also includes an index of artists as well as an index of proper names in the text and translations. Excerpt from back cover: This exhibit catalogue is of special interest to genealogists, art historians, collectors, and those with an interest in local history. Genealogists will research local family connections aided by the translation provided for each fraktur. Art historians will delight at the unique motifs, colors and artistic style of Virginia Backcountry folk art. Collectors will appreciate the depth and variety of the local specimens, some of which have been made public for the first time. Historians will discover the unexplored story of the cultural history of the early German-speaking settlers who were drawn to the fertile Shenandoah Valley, the Colonial frontier of Virginia. And everyone will have an enduring record of this unique fraktur collection.

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