March 4, 7:00 pm
at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Campus
1214 Sage Hall
The Max Kade Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
(MKI) invites you to a presentation and public discussion about one of
Wisconsin’s unique minorities: the Old Order Amish.
Wearing plain clothing and traveling with horse and buggy, the Amish
stand out in the rural landscape, yet their neighbors often know little
about them. Local and national media outlets tend to mention them only
when something dramatic has happened, such as a traffic accident, or
they portray them in sensationalizing programs such as “Amish Mafia.” As
it turns out, among the states of our nation, Wisconsin has the fourth
largest Amish population. In some areas, the Amish and their close
spiritual cousins, the Old Order Mennonites, make up a sizable percentage
population and have a significant impact on the local economy and the
communities around them.
Their language stands out, too: in addition to English, Amish and
Old Order Mennonites speak Pennsylvania Dutch, America’s oldest thriving
heritage language. Over 300,000 people are speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch
in the United States and Canada, a number that is doubling every twenty
years because of the group’s high birth rate.
Our program is led by Mark Louden, MKI Co-Director and Professor of
German Linguistics at UW–Madison, a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania
Dutch and an expert on Amish faith and culture. He is also the founder
of the MKI’s newly established Pennsylvania Dutch Documentation
Project, which aims to document the past and present of this growing
language for the benefit of both scholars and the general public.
We welcome you to a presentation about Amish culture and language
and a discussion of immigration and heritage in the context of global
past and present. The presentations will be based on research conducted
as part of the MKI’s Pennsylvania Dutch Documentation Project
and will showcase materials from the MKI archives.
For further information contact Antje Petty: email@example.com
Max Kade Institute, UW–Madison, 901 University Bay Dr., Madison,
Sponsored by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at
the University of Wisconsin–Madison
with support from UW–Madison
Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant.
Co-sponsored by the UWO German Program, Department of English,
Department of History, and Department of Geography and Urban Planning