Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Rachel Yoder

On View March 29 - August 26, 2018
at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Rachel Yoder is an active folk artist specializing in contemporary interpretations of fraktur style painting and portraits of der Belsnickel. She has exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery. Yoder wrote and illustrated her first bilingual children's book, Penny Olive, in December 2015, which was written to engage young people and help preserve Pennsylvania Dutch culture. She was honored as Hiwwe wie Driwwe's PA Dutch Artist of the Year in 2016, and her work has been featured in Hiwwe wie Driwwe, Deitsch, Side Arts, and reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rachel Yoder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1981. She received her BS in Art Education from Tyler School of Art in 2011. Upon graduation Yoder spent three years teaching art in the inner city of Philadelphia before deciding to return (home) to the Oley Valley (Berks County), where she has deep Pennsylvania Dutch roots in the Fisher and Deturk families. Yoder also wanted to be closer to the palpable Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage of this area.

Yoder currently lives and works in Boyertown, PA, with her three children. She enjoys teaching people every day about PA Dutch culture as a folk artist and is pursuing an MFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University.

About The Exhibit

Time Capsule Bethlehem

Experience the history of our beautiful city like never before at the Time Capsule Bethlehem: Our City Then & Now exhibit.

Time Capsule Bethlehem: Our City Then & Now showcases surviving artifacts—a large portion being donated by the local community—that tell the stories of the region’s history. Yet not all history is tangible! We welcome the community to make this exhibition their own by telling and showing your own family stories from our city to add to the collection.

Make your mark on Bethlehem’s timeline and take part in this collaborative project of bringing the past to meet the present and preserving it for the future.




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