Illuminated Manuscript at Ephrata Cloister

Among the many treasures surviving from Ephrata Cloister, founded by Conrad Beissel (1681–1768) in 1732, are Germanic-style buildings, impressive books, and beautifully illuminated manuscripts, including one which combines two significant arts practiced in the eighteenth-century religious settlement in Lancaster County: music and the Pennsylvania German art of fraktur. Beissel developed a system...
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