Dear friends of the Pennsylvania German language,
The German-Pennsylvanian Association (Deutsch-Pennsylvanischer Arbeitskreis e.V.) is pleased to announce plans for an annual festival to promote the Pennsylvania German dialect throughout Pennsylvania. We hope to establish and institutionalize a series of events called “En Friehyaahr fer die Mudderschprooch” (A spring-time for the mother-tongue) on a yearly basis with the intent of giving the dialect more prominence and visibility as a major part of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage.
In 2010, this festival will take place between February 2 and July 11. Bringing together already existing events and new initiatives to maintain and revitalize the dialect within this limited time period of five months will enhance the issue and show the public as well as the various media that Pennsylvania German is by no means dead and that there are enough people in Pennsylvania who care about its survival. This will make people aware of “what is out there”. We invite all interested organizations and individuals to participate in this endeavor by scheduling relevant events in their respective locations and environments and to let us know in what way they would like to take part. You might also consider offering the same program at different locations on different dates in various counties throughout Pennsylvania.
We hope that this initiative will create renewed interest in the cause of saving this important part of Pennsylvania’s cultural and linguistic heritage and look forward to hearing from you.
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