The Waupaca Historical Society is excited to host a Badger Talk by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark Louden on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Louden will present, “Who are the Amish?” sharing an overview contrasting widely-held myths with facts about the Amish and closely related religious groups such as the Mennonites, of which he is a practicing member. He will cover history, tenets of faith of the various branches, lifestyle customs, and much more. After the presentation, Dr. Louden welcomes the chance to talk with you and answer your questions.
Mark Louden is a linguist who received his training in Germanic linguistics at Cornell University. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, he has published extensively on this language and other German-American varieties, as well as Yiddish. In addition to his position as the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics, he directs the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and is affiliated with the Religious Studies Program, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Linguistics. He serves as an interpreter and cultural mediator for Amish in multiple settings.
The program will take place at the Holly History and Genealogy Center at 321 S. Main Street, Waupaca. This program is sponsored by Badger Talks, a program of UW-Madison that extends the university’s resources to the citizens of the states
Refreshments will be served.