Old German Script Course 2019


Geist Institute

for Women's Words

INSTRUCTION: 30 hours of group instruction

Instruction in Old German Script will take place in the Moravian Ministries Foundation Offices , a five minute walk from the Old Salem historic district of Winston-Salem, NC.   Instruction includes practice writing in script as a means of increasing reading fluency, and introduction to a variety of online and print resources which are important tools for researchers working with documents written in Old German Script. Participants transcribe a variety of documents from Old Script, including Erdmuth Dorothea von Zinzendorf's 1741 Testament and Travel Diaries, Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf's Lebenslauf of Erdmuth Dorothea and a sample of texts from the vault of the Moravian Archives.  Participants are invited to send manuscript samples from their own projects for use in class instruction. Class limited to 8 students.


Up to 5 students will have the option to stay in a dorm at Salem College - an easy walk from our classrooms - at a very reasonable rate. Rooms are basic but there are gracious shared areas including kitchen for relaxing and study (picture left). Classes are within easy walking distance of a number of Bed and Breakfasts, Air B&Bs and hotels.


Several locations will be available for independent and group study in the afternoons and evenings. Participants can use the reading room and resources of the Archives during their free time, or tour historic Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Wake Forest University, Reynolda House Museum of American History, Bethabara Park and Historic Bethania are all sites of historic interest.  We will be happy to arrange visits to any sites of interest to students.

Tentative Schedule

Sat July 25                                Arrival/Registration   -       Casual (optional) dinner 

Sun July 26, 2018                         1 pm - 3, 3:30-6                   Session 1 and 2

                                                      6:30 p.m.                             Official Welcome Dinner

Mon July 27 - Fri July 31               9-12                                     Morning Sessions                    

                                                      4- 6:00  pm                          Afternoon Sessions

                                                      6:30                                     Final Dinner

‚ÄčSat Aug 1                                                                                   Departure