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Holiday Gift Ideas

MAKE 2016 HOLIDAY SHOPPING EASY! Let us help you with your holiday shopping & shipping. We are offering Wendish gift boxes shipped from the museum to those on your gift lists. Gift boxes could include such items as a Wendish cap, t-shirt, bag of Wendish noodles, handmade ornaments,...

Reformation Trip with Wendish Territory Option

“Wendish Territory” Pre-Tour Option — May 5-9, 2017 “In the Footsteps of Martin Luther and the Reformation 2017″— May 9-17, 2017 The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 is a good time for a trip to Germany to revisit the life and ministry of Martin Luther. This...

In and Around the Museum

In late July, TWHS was awarded a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation, a 62-year old preservation organization. The grant will provide funds to support the development of a collection of visual media, which will be used in a planned interactive display that will be installed in the...

Mattheaus Kneschk Marker

Matthaeus Kneschk Gravemarker

Hier ruht in Frieden Jan Matej Knéžka Johann Matthaeus Kneschke John Matthew Kneschk geboren am 5. März, 1833 in Weisswasser, Preussen gestorben am 9. Januar 1909 in Sagerton, TX The accompanying photo is of the grave marker my brother and I made for our Wendish immigrant ancestor, Matthaeus...

Stick Horse Races

Contest Winners – Wendish Fest 2016

Stick Horse Races 2 years: 1st place: Macy Sommerfield, 2nd place: Lily Vedadi, 3rd place: Riley Harkrider 3 years: 1st place: Maddox Wick, 2nd place: Ryan Jackson, 3rd place: Barrett Kirkwood 4 years: 1st place: Henry Kalmbach, 2nd place: Liam Kalmbach, 3rd place: Max Sommerfield 5 years: 1st...

Galveston Heritage Festival

2016 Galveston Heritage Festival

The Galveston Historical Foundation celebrated its rich heritage with the second annual Galveston Heritage Festival, which recognized the people and cultures that came to Galveston in the 1800’s and beyond. Known as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Galveston’s port was the point of entry for many immigrants...

Family History Workshop

November 19, 2016, 2:00 pm The next chance for you to work on your own family history with expert guidance from Weldon Mersiovsky will be on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Peter Building at the museum complex. Cost for the workshop is $15 per...

Wendish Research Exchange

The following is another letter discovered in the digitally archived issues of the “Serbske Nowiny” – the Upper Sorbian-language newspaper that our ancestors read. I wish to thank Dr. Gerald Stone for translating the article into English. “Serbske Nowiny”. 15 July 1871. pages 221-222. A Letter from America....

The Household of Faith

Helping fellow members of the faith has a long history with the Texas Wends. Both German and Wendish newspaper articles that reported the departure of the 1854 migration from the Bautzen train station also stated that the poorer immigrants received financial support from those who were well-to-do. And...

Note from the Executive Director

Greetings! What a busy quarter we have had with visitors and events! We continue to have a significant number of tour groups – most requesting a meal (sausage, sauerkraut, homemade noodles, etc.), which is a real treat for them! Noodle sales are brisk and are anticipated to continue...