After two weeks of intensive studying, practicing and reading participants will be able to read German manuscripts dating from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. The course has now been completely redeveloped and includes many new texts and new study methods.
This intensive course on learning to read German script is now in its 37th year and is the only course of its kind in the country.
Former participants include more than 350 college professors, graduate students, genealogists, curators, archivists and hobbyists from various backgrounds. They represent such academic fields as history and German, American studies, musicology, religion, anthropology, art history, sociology, genealogy, technology and other subjects.
Upon completion of the course you will be able to read and transcribe 17th-20th century texts written in German script; Medieval texts will not be studied. You will be able to identify abbreviations used in 18th century texts and you will know where to reference less frequently used ones. We will discuss the development of script from Roman times until the abolition of German script in 1943. You will learn about different calendar and dating systems used throughout the centuries.
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