Art exhibit features historic Anabaptist costume prints

The colored engravings of costumes have been exhibited in Strasbourg, France; Mennonite World Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia.

GOSHEN — An exhibit featuring works from the Paul and Jean Kraybill Collection will be on display in the Good Library Art Gallery through Nov. 17, and a reception was held Sunday. 

The core of this exhibit is a large collection of antique colored engravings that depict Anabaptists in Switzerland, Alsace and the Palatinate from c. 1700 to 1900. The prints were collected in Europe by Paul and Jean Kraybill and given to the Mennonite Historical Library in 2018. Smaller examples of Dutch and Russian Mennonite costumes, a few actual costumes and other contextual objects will also be on display.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Special tribute was paid to Jean Kraybill, the donor, and to Melvin Gingerich (1902-75) for his research and book, Mennonite Attire through Four Centuries (1970).

The colored engravings of costumes have been exhibited in Strasbourg, France; Mennonite World Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia.

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