Adopt a Memory – Fraktur


Fraktur is a birth and baptismal announcement in the dining room of the Nash House.

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A Fraktur has been defined as “the manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans.”  The calligraphic text is central and one of two essential elements of a fractur.  The second component of the fractur is the ornamental embellishments that surrounds the text.  The text itself is German. This form of folk art flourished from about 1750 through 1840 and roughly corresponds with the golden age of folk art among various ethnicities in the United States.  (Source; Viewed10/30/2020)

This attractive celebratory document is a Taufscheine or birth and baptismal certificate.  The infant is the same Michael Grossen that as an adult brought his family in a covered wagon to Delaware County, Ohio.

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