Historic Old Zion Church Anniversary Service—A Colorful Past

Lisa Minardi

An expert in the art and color of Fraktur will bring to life the people and paints that illustrate a colorful past at the annual historic Old Zion Church Anniversary Service held Sunday, September 13 at 4 PM.  Old Zion Church is located on Reifsnyder Road in Brickerville just north of Brubaker Valley Road.

Lisa Minardi, is an assistant curator at Winterthur Museum. A specialist in Pennsylvania German art and culture, she has played a vital role in preparing the current Wnterthur exhibition: A Colorful Folk: PA Germans and the Art of Everyday Life. She has also written several books including Pastors and Patriots: The Muhlenberg Family of Pennsylvania and From Millbach to Mahantongo: Fraktur and Furniture of the Pennsylvania Germans. A book signing will follow the service.

The New Yorker magazine recent article about the ‘Why Adults are Buying Coloring Books for Themselves’ shares something old is new again. Join in the Old Zion Anniversary Service to learn about an historic form of coloring for adults (and kids). A free Fraktur coloring page will be provided.

The pump organ will sing too with hymns led by JP Welliver, organist and choir director of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Penryn. Lemonade and cookies will be served on the lawn following the service. All ages are welcome. As summer days begin to set in September, please join us for a restorative time of history, music, and song at Old Zion Church, Brickerville. www.oldzionchurch.org.


Birth and baptismal certificate for Johannes Schaeffer, by Henrich Otto, Schaefferstown, PA, c. 1782. Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art