German Script Workshop- CANCELED

Tue. Mar. 31, 2020 - 10:00am - 4:15pm
*This event has been canceled due to public health concerns. All tickets will be refunded.* In cooperation with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Horner Memorial Library will be offering a one day introductory workshop to German script on Tuesday, March 31, from 10am to 4:15pm.  Your instructors will be Dr. Paul Peucker and Thomas McCullough from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem PA.  You might already be familiar with the two-week summer course they offer at the Moravian Archives every year (if not, check out, which will always remain the best way to learn German script – but Dr. Peucker and Mr. McCullough were so kind as to agree to come to Philadelphia in order to give us the opportunity to get a glimpse into the intricacies of this handwriting style, and to show you that while it may look impossible to decipher at first glance, it can be done! This workshop will be useful for everybody researching a family history that involves German-language materials, but also for those who have letters of German relatives in their possession. We invite you to bring a letter or other handwritten document - there will be time in the afternoon to get help from the instructors in reading them.
We are also organizing this event in light of the fact that many of the German Society’s own institutional records are written in Kurrent, and if we do not pay attention to keeping the knowledge of this script alive, all these ledgers and minute books will fall silent. Therefore, we would like to encourage you to attend this workshop even if you aren’t working on your family history – the Horner Library would like to recruit more volunteers who could help with the effort of transcribing at least some of our handwritten holdings.
The cost of the workshop on March 31 will be $50 (lunch included). Attendance will be limited to 20 participants, and the registration deadline is March 24. Free parking will be available in the German Society’s lot. For all inquiries, please call 215-627-2332 or email