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Mennonite Heritage Center
Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Rd
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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For the latter half of the twentieth century, the Eberhardts were internationally renowned in the field of bookbinding and calligraphy. Commissions came from popes, presidents, heads of state, prestigious universities and rare book libraries. Their work is held at institutions around the world. Included in this retrospective exhibition are examples of the Eberhardts’ work spanning 35 years drawn from private and public collections.  Designer bindings, hand bound books from the Eberhardts’ personal library, a portable exhibit created by the Eberhardts showing the stages of binding a book, works of calligraphy, printed textiles, artwork, tools from the workshop and more will be on display.

Fritz Eberhardt (1917-1997) was born in Beuthen, Germany. His family apprenticed him as a binder at an early age. At the age of eighteen he enrolled in the Academy for Graphic Arts in Leipzig and later attended the Offenbach School of Fine Arts. He met his wife, Trudy Luffert (1921-2004), after the war and they immigrated to Sweden where they were married. Through connections with the Library Company in Philadelphia, the Eberhardts immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s. Fritz often credited his interest in moving to the United States to an early reading of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Eberhardts worked for the Library Company as bookbinders and restorers, lived in Philadelphia, and eventually moved to Schwenksville where they opened their own bindery.