The first workshop is titled “Germany to Pennsylvania: An 18th-Century Odyssey,” and will address the many stereotypes about the immigrants who came from German-speaking lands to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Beidler uses the personal memoirs of the immigrants themselves to dispel myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America.
The second workshop, titled “German for Genealogists,” will explain the basic vocabulary and formats to enable the participants to read tombstones, church records, and simple documents of German-speaking people. Beidler is the author of forthcoming The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, columnist for German Life magazine, and editor of the journal Der Kurier.
There will be refreshments available during a break between the two programs. Educators can receive Act 48 credit.
This program is supported by a generous grant from the Connelly Foundation.