German Script Course (early modern German paleography)

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June 1, 2016 to June 14, 2016
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, German History / Studies, Library and Information Science, Music and Music History, Early Modern History and Period Studies


The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is offering a two-week course in early-modern German paleography to be held June 1 - 14, 2016.


Upon completion of the course participants will be able to read and transcribe 17th‑20th century texts written in German script (Kurrent, Sütterlin); 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 has been taught for over 45 years and is the longest-running of its kind in the country. The course is taught by Dr. Paul Peucker, Lanie Yaswinski, and Thomas McCullough, experts and experienced instructors in reading and writing German script.


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, German, American studies, musicology, religion, anthropology, art history, sociology, genealogy, technology and other subjects.


Course fee: $785.00 (incl. textbook and instructional materials but does not include housing)

The number of participants is limited to 15.

Contact Info: 

Paul Peucker, Phd
Moravian Archives
41 W. Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018