The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is offering a two-week course in reading German script to be held July 20 until July 31, 2009 (the June course is filled).
Upon completion of the course participants will be able to read and transcribe 17th-20th century texts written in German script; Medieval texts will not be studied. Participants will be able to identify abbreviations used in 17th- and 18th-century texts and 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 also learn about different calendar and dating systems used throughout the centuries.
This intensive course on learning to read German script is now in its 39th year and is the only course of its kind in the country. Because of great demand we are offering two courses this year.
Former participants include more than 400 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.
Course fee: $535.00 (does not include housing)
The number of participants is limited to 15.
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