Anette Ruppel Rodrigues

Anette Ruppel Rodrigues, MAT

Instructor in German

256 Little Hall, University of Maine

Phone: 207-581-2092

Fax: 207-581-1832


  • Bachelor Degree – Social Work; Fachhochschule Köln (Cologne), Germany;
  • Graduate Degree – MAT – German; University of Maine, Orono

Research Areas:

  • Hessian Soldiers and their Families in Maine

Courses Taught:

  • Ger 101 and Ger 102 – Elementary German I, II
  • Ger 203 and Ger 204 – Intermediate German I, II
  • Ger 223 – Accelerated Intermediate German
  • Ger 305 – Practical German
  • Ger 307 – German for the Professions
  • Ger 404 – German Translation – Theory and Practice
  • Ger 497 – Independent Studies – Major German Cultural Periods
  • MLC 190 – Topics in Modern Languages: Intermediate German


  • Maritime Education Summit, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, October 18, 2014: “1779 to 1783: Looking at Fort George, Penobscot through Loyal Eyes”
  • Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, May 1- 3, 2014. Presentation May 2nd “Loyalists at Fort George, Penobscot”
  • “German in the Global Community” at Foreign Language Association of Maine Fall Conference at the University of Maine, Orono

Invited Lectures:

  • “Hessians in Maine during the American Revolution” and “Loyalists at Fort George, Penobscot”
  • Lectures at Penobscot Valley Senior College, 2015
  • “Fort George Penobscot 1779 to 1783 A safe Haven for Loyalists close and far” Annual meeting speaker Old Broad Bay Family History Association 2013 and Dirigo Pines, 2013
  • ”Hessian Wives in North America 1782-1783” (in German)presented at re-enactment at Schloss Fasanerie in Germany, 2011 & 2012
  • Annual meeting speaker of local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, 2011
  • Annual meeting speaker Old Broad Bay Family History Association in Waldoboro, 2010
  • Lecture at Genealogical Society in Eastport, 2010
  • Lecture at Pastorius Haus in Bad Windsheim (in German), 2008
  • Lecture at Women in the Curriculum series 2007
  • Lectures at Dirigo Pines, 2005, 2006, 2013
  • 225th Anniversary of the Penobscot Expedition in Castine lecture series, 2004


  • 2013 UMHI Public Humanities Grant – “Historic Franz von Papen Correspondence”. Participants in the project: Professor Richard Blanke, UMaine; Justus Hillebrand, UMaine; Bill Cook, Bangor Public Library; Anette Rodrigues, UMaine. – $4,000 awarded
  • 2011 Community Outreach Grant – Maine Humanities Council -for Maine Forest & Logging Museum and Castine Historical Society – $1,000 awarded
  • 2005 Women in the Curriculum Reading Grant, University of Maine – “Investigating the Role of the German Soldiers’ Wives in the American Revolution” – $750 awarded

Translations, Publications, and Research:

  • Translated letters from the Bancroft Collection of originals written by German officers during the American Revolution. Translations now in the Bancroft Collection of the New York Public Library.
  • Short story “Margaretha” based on research published in “A Quiet Blue Wheel”, D. M. Fitzpatrick, editor.
  • Translated from German to English the play “Der Hessische Officier in Amerika” (“The Hessian Officer in America) originally published in 1783. The play was performed in 2011.
  • Research on “Hessians” and Loyalists in Maine

Other Activities:

  • Faculty Advisor to the German Club 2000-2003, 2005-present
  • Assistant, New England Universities Study Abroad Program