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In honor of National Family History Month, the State Library of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a program – “How I Met Johannes Quickel, the Man Who Carved My Ancestors’ Gravestones” presented by Barry R. Rauhauser.

Where: State Library, Forum Auditorium, 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA
When: Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 AM

Rauhauser will tell the story of Johannes Quickel, who moonlighted as a gravestone carver in York County from 1789 until his death in 1831. Quickel created a unique blend of artistry that can be found carved into over 200 tombstones. An examination of John Quickel’s life and art, the relationship between life history, artistic creation, and culture will be discussed during the presentation.

Barry Rauhauser received a B.A. in American Studies from Penn State and an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. His interests include the arts and architecture of the Pennsylvania-Germans.

The State Library will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the program. Parking is available along South Drive in front of the State Library as well as along Commonwealth Avenue.


For additional information, please contact:

Bonnie Young | Head, Public Libraries & Prof. Develoment
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Library Development
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.783.5732 | Fax: 717.772.0044 | TTY: 717.783.8445
boyoung@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us