DOCUMENTING HERITAGE GERMAN DIALECTS IN THE MIDWEST

At the Sonnenberg Village Welcome Center (Old Sonnenberg Church) two Professors of German, Michael Putnam and Richard Page, and two students in their German program, spent three days interviewing Swiss German speakers.  The Professors and students were from Penn State University.

Over the three days in one hour time slots 30 people were interviewed and were recording speaking Swiss German. Six more potential Swiss speakers were unable to attend. Four were farming and two were unable to attend due to illness.

The Professors intend to return in the future to interview those people who could not attend this session.