Thursday, September 25, 2008

Don Yoder to Speak in Allentown

Mark your calendars.

Who: PA Dutch expert Don Yoder
What: Speaks about the European origins of the PA Dutch
When: Saturday, October 11 @ 1 pm
Where: Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut Street, Allentown
$6 for the public; free to museum members

Dr. Don Yoder, internationally acclaimed scholar on Pennsylvania Dutch culture and folklife, will separate fact from myth during a public presentation on the European origins of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

According to Yoder, “the Pennsylvania Dutch were the largest non-English ethnic group in colonial America.” In his presentation Yoder will talk about the enormous impact they’ve had on American pre-industrial technology.

Yoder has authored or coauthored 15 books and more than 200 scholarly articles relating to the Pennsylvania Dutch. He is recognized in Europe and America as the Dean of Pennsylvania Dutch studies. Yoder’s honors include Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the American Folklore Society, a founding trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and a cofounder of the Pennsylvania Folklife Society where he served as longtime editor of its periodical Pennsylvania Folklife.

Dr. Yoder’s presentation will explain the origins of the Pennsylvania Dutch people and how they differed from other immigrants.

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