Conference Program

March 5-8, 2015


hursday, March 5, 2015, Evening

Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine Street)

5:00-6:00 p.m. Curator-led tours of exhibitions Quill & Brush: Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Material Culture and Word & Image: Contemporary Artists Connect to Fraktur.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception

7:00-8:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture
Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University
“A German Atlantic, or Germans in the Atlantic?”


riday, March 6, 2015, Morning

Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, entrance at the corner of Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues)

Admission to the Perelman Building is free for conference participants and registrants. Tickets are required. Please allow time for registration check-in, as you will not be able to enter the event without checking in and receiving your ticket.

8:30-9:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration. Gallery open for exhibition viewing.

9:30-10:30 a.m. (Group 1) Lisa Minardi, Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware
“Drawn with Spirit: Highlights from the Johnson Collection and New Directions in Fraktur and Pennsylvania German Studies”

9:30-10:30 a.m. (Group 2) Viewing of exhibition Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection including in-gallery conversations with curators.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Group 1 views the exhibition, while Group 2 attends Lisa Minardi's presentation.


riday, March 6, 2015, Afternoon

***Buses leave Perelman for the University of Pennsylvania campus at 11:30, 11:45, 12:00.***

Hall of Flags, G26, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania (3417 Spruce Street)

Friday afternoon’s papers will be only briefly summarized by the presenters. Copies will be made available through the website to those who preregister for the conference. Attendees are strongly encouraged to read the papers in advance to participate fully in these sessions.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Panel I: German American Revivalism and Communication Networks

Chair: Rosalind J. Beiler, University of Central Florida

Mark Dixon, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Serving Many Masters: The Moravian Mission to South Carolina, 1738-1740”

Jan Stievermann, University of Heidelberg
“The German Lives of David Brainerd: The Beginnings of Pietist Interest in an American Evangelical Icon”

Jennifer Adams-Massmann, University of Heidelberg
“‘A Sister's Heart is a True Heart’: Female Moravian Evangelists, Pennsylvania German Women, and the Great Awakening, 1740-1755”

Comment: A.G. Roeber, Pennsylvania State University

3:00-3:30 p.m. Break

3:30-5:30 p.m. Panel II: Materiality and Identity

Chair: Cynthia Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

Arthur John Lawton, Northern Arizona University
“Henry Antes and the Moravians: Permeable and Impermeable Borders”

Lydia Garver, The Speaker’s House, Trappe, Pennsylvania
“Considering the Fahnestocks: Archeological Contributions to Interdisciplinary Material Culture Research on German Americans”

Lisa Lauria, The College of New Jersey
“The Materiality of Utopia: Material Culture and Communal Space at Ephrata Cloister”

Comment: Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania


riday, March 6, 2015, Evening

Reception Venue: McNeil Center for Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania, 3355 Woodland Walk, or the corner of 34th and Walnut Streets)

5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception

Buses will return to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Houston Hall (near the corner of 34th and Spruce, a block south of the McNeil Center) at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. Preregistration is not required.


aturday, March 7, 2015, Morning

The German Society of Pennsylvania (611 Spring Garden Street)

8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

Saturday morning’s papers will be only briefly summarized by the presenters. Copies will be made available through the website to those who preregister for the conference. Attendees are strongly encouraged to read the papers in advance to participate fully in these sessions.

9:00-10:30 a.m. Panel III: The Language of Place

Chair: Friederike Baer, Penn State Abington


Mark Edwin Peterson, James Madison University
“Germans in the Shenandoah Valley and the Henkel Family Press of Virginia”

Reginald Good, Independent Scholar
“Isaac Z. Hunsicker (1803-1870): A Pennsylvania-Dutch Mennonite Folk Artist Active in both ‘Pensylvanien’ and in ‘Ober Canada’”

Mark Louden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Busch un Schteddel: Pennsylvania Dutch Views of Rural and Urban Life in Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania”

Comment: Jürgen Overhoff, University of Münster

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-12:15 p.m. Panel IV: Image and Text in Dialogue: Interpreting Aesthetics and Representation

Chair: Liam Riordan, University of Maine

Steffi Dippold, Kansas State University
“Paper Horticulture: The Transatlantic Botanical Tropes of Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur”

Rebecca Lawrence, The Historic Ephrata Cloister
“Placards of Pietism: The Placards of the Historic Ephrata Cloister”

Oliver Scheiding, University of Mainz
“Fraktur Writings and Print Culture in the Early German-Language Atlantic World”

Comment: Volker Depkat, University of Regensburg

12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch


aturday, March 7, 2015, Afternoon

***Buses leave from German Society for the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 1:00, 1:15 and 1:30.***

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium, Main Building (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

Admission to the Van Pelt Auditorium is free for conference participants and registrants. Tickets are required. The Saturday afternoon program is also free to walk-ins (i.e., those not otherwise participating in or registered for the conference) on the day of the event. Free tickets for walk-ins may be obtained in advance by calling 215-235-SHOW (7469) or visiting www.philamuseum.org. Phone and online orders are subject to a $3.50 service fee ($2.50 for museum members).

Please note that museum admission is neither included in this ticket nor required to attend this program for either conference registrants or walk-ins.

2:00-4:30 p.m. Exploring the Art of Fraktur

Joan Irving, Winterthur Museum
“Paint and Paper Speak! Evidence-Based Study of Fraktur at Winterthur”

Elizabeth Stillinger, Independent Scholar
“‘This Curious Art’: Early Collectors of Pennsylvania German Folk Art”


unday, March 8, 2015

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735

Admission to Winterthur to view the exhibition A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life is complementary on March 8 to those who preregister for the conference. This includes free admission to the galleries and gardens, which are open for viewing (self-guided) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Lisa Minardi and Charles Hummel will offer tours of the exhibition. A special display of Pennsylvania German rare books and manuscripts will be on view in the Winterthur Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation will not be provided. Lunch is available on your own at the museum. Guided tours of the House are available for $10/person; to reserve in advance, call 800.448.3883. Conference registrants should show their conference nametag at the Visitor Center to check in and receive the special pricing.

NOTE: The tour may be cancelled if a minimum subscription is not met.