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CCAHA's 40th: A Love Tale Old and Delicate

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2017 marks 40 years of CCAHA. Every Friday, we'll share the articles, photos, and recollections that tell the story of how CCAHA became a world-renowned leader in conservation science.

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German-speaking immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries documented their religious beliefs, as well as important events in their personal lives, through decorated manuscripts called fraktur. In each, colorful images of flowers, animals, and religious scenes surround text written or printed in Fraktur script or German cursive.

A 2006 fraktur treatment was remarkable enough to garner an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. CCAHA treated what is known as a True Lover’s Knot, an intricate fraktur weaving together poetry and a marriage proposal. The 1801 object, which, according to the article, “inspires admiration as much for its sentiments and poetic flights of fancy as its craftsmanship and jewelry-like intricacy,” was unsuccessful. Mary Fisher, its recipient, turned down the offer of marriage. The document has remained in her family ever since.

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.