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German Script Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and state and local officials, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this program. Refunds will be issued to tickets already purchased. Please do not hesitate to contact us at with any further questions or concerns. Thank You.

Tuesday, 3/31/20
10:00 am - 4:15 pm

Event Type

Genealogy Workshop
The German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St
19123 Philadelphia , PA

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.  Experts who offer a two-week summer course at the Moravian Archives every year (, they will present a glimpse into the intricacies of this handwriting style, and 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.

Founded in 1817, the Horner Library has the largest collection of German-language materials in the US outside of universities.  In addition to 50,000 books and pamphlets, there is also a sizable archive with holdings that include the German Society’s institutional records since 1764, which contain valuable biographical information due to the Society’s function as an immigrant aid society.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants and lunch is included. Free parking will be available in the German Society’s lot. For any questions please contact the German Society at 215-627-2332 or email