2019 Classes

Pennsylvania German Dialect

Pennsylvania German dialect, commonly known as “Pennsylvania Dutch,” is prevalent among Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania. Historically, however, it was spoken widely by Lutheran, Reformed and other groups of German immigrants and it is currently used in Old Order communities as far west as Wisconsin. Pennsylvania German dialect classes, taught by Keith “Butch” Reigart, typically run for ten weeks each spring and fall. Classes are held in the LMHS conference room. All are welcome.

About the Instructor

A native of York County, Pa., and fluent Pennsylvania Dutch speaker, Butch was employed for more than 35 years as a foreign language specialist for the U.S. government. Also fluent in German and Russian, Butch has a good understanding of the language learning process. Butch is respected by Old Order Amish and Mennonites, and is in frequent conversation with these Lancaster native speakers. He draws on this experience in his classes.

To Register

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  • Or give us a call. We accept credit card payments over the phone, Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM at (717) 393-9745.

Beginner Class

Thursdays, March 7 to May 9, 7 to 9 p.m.


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 Intermediate

Tuesdays, March 5 to May 7, 7 to 9 p.m.


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Folk Art Classes

Fraktur Introduction

Saturday, February 2, 9 am to 12 pm

Class taught by Emily Smucker Beidler

Fraktur is a distinctly American folk art dating back to the mid-1700s and was an important part of Pennsylvania German culture. This class includes a presentation on fraktur with special emphasis on its role in Mennonite culture and demonstration of the use of ink and watercolor. Students will spend time creating their own small fraktur piece. The class will focus on the imagery of fraktur rather than calligraphy. A starter kit is included in the tuition fee. No previous experience is required.

$75 members, $85 nonmembers; registration due January 25


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Advanced Fraktur Workshop I: February 2

 February 2, 8 am to 12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken “A Taste of Fraktur” and “The Illuminated Letter.” Bring along your supplies. You will be provided with a new piece of Bristol Board, tracing paper, and access to all the visual resources. Receive one-on-one help from 8 to 9 am and continue working throughout the morning while Smucker-Beidler teaches “A Taste of Fraktur.”

$40 per session; registration due January 25




Fraktur 2: The Illuminated Letter

Saturday, March 16, 9 am to 12 pm,

Class taught by Emily Smucker Beidler

Fraktur II will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will learn to use a nib pen and India ink. Beidler will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy. A materials kit is included. There will also be pens and bottled ink for participants to use during the workshop.

$75 members, $85 nonmembers; registration due March 8 


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Advanced Fraktur Workshop II: March 16

March 16, 8 am to 12 pm

Get another opportunity to continue creating fraktur; available only to those who have taken both “A Taste of Fraktur” and “The Illuminated Letter.”. Bring along your supplies. You will be provided with a new piece of Bristol Board, tracing paper, and access to all the visual resources. Receive one-on-one help from 8 to 9 am and continue working throughout the morning while Smucker-Beidler teaches the “The Illuminated Letter.”

$40 per session; registration due March 8




Pennsylvania Dutch False Graining

Saturday, March 16, 9 am to 12 pm

Class taught by Jim King

False graining is an early PA German folk art painting style applied to wood items to replicate graining as well as folksy fancy painting. Students will learn this exciting craft form using acrylic glazes applied to a mini chest and a 5 x 7 picture frame.

$85 members, $100 nonmembers; registration due March 8


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Paint a Mini Blanket Chest

Saturday, November 9, 9 am to 12 pm

Class taught by Jim King

Jim King will teach Pa. German folk art painting using traditional motifs. Acrylic paints are applied to a poplar softwood replica of an early bun footed blanket chest.  No experience necessary.

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