Harrisburg ProgramThursday, October 21

43-01 Pennsylvania Dutch Linguistic, Ritual, and Political Environments

Thursday, October 21, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Lancaster/Getty

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Lawrence Morris (Albright College)

1:00 pm
Pennsylvania Dutch in the Social Media Age
Douglas Madenford (Independent)

1:30 pm
Ritual Language, Sacred Space: The Pennsylvania Dutch Ecology of Healing Traditions
Patrick J. Donmoyer (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania)

2:00 pm
The Politics of Amish Buggies: Maintaining Plain Communities’ Right to the Road
Lawrence Morris (Albright College)

Pennsylvania Dutch cultures have transformed radically during the last fifty years, as the non-sectarian Dutch continue to assimilate into broader American culture, and Plain groups navigate the transition from farming towards rural and semi-rural industry. Dutch-language communities have faced fragmentation and language loss, buggy-communities have struggled to maintain safe access to increasingly busy public roads, and new generations have confronted the precarity of their perceived cultural heritage. This session will examine three adaptive approaches to these environmental changes in southeast Pennsylvania: social media, service-learning political advocacy, and the use of ritual language and healing traditions.