"The history of Peter Gross’s massive painting, despite its size, was not an easy one to trace. According to Fischer the painting was first shown at the Paris Salon of 1892. Gross, who considered it his masterpiece, had been living in France since 1877. Gross was born in Schnecksville in 1849. His grandfather was Durs Rudy, a well-known Pennsylvania German artist."
" Perhaps one of the reasons fraktur appeals to retired teacher Snader is because this lettering was often utilized as part of penmanship or “proper writing” classes taught in school to early Pennsylvania German pupils. In fact, much of the early fraktur works that survive today were done by teachers from the 18th and 19th centuries."
"Eugene and Dorothy Elgin were well-known, discerning collectors of Pennsylvania German folk art. Most everything in their collection came from country auctions or private homes in York, Adams and Cumberland counties."
"Winterthur presents "Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725–1850," from April 2 through January 8. This exhibition explores the colorful furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania along with the people who made, owned, inherited and collected it."
"About 17,000 visitors come to Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County each year. This is Pennsylvania Dutch country, where black-hatted Amish men drive buggies down Main Street past churches with roots deeper than the U.S. Constitution."
"This landmark exhibition explores the colorful furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania along with the people who made, owned, inherited, and collected it. Featuring nearly 200 objects—including furniture, fraktur, needlework, and paintings—the show focuses on the culture and creativity of the area’s English- and German-speaking inhabitants."
"Opening Saturday, the exhibit ontains more than150 items ranging from red ware pottery to colorfully painted dower chests to painstakingly decorated manuscripts called frakturs. The items fill two galleries, the atrium and balcony of the museum."
"Curator Jill Youngken, whose grandfather grew up speaking only Pennsylvania German, says she hopes to show the surprising contributions the German immigrants in Pennsylvania have made."