Author: Terry

Who Are the Wends?

In December of 1854, an English sailing vessel, the Ben Nevis, docked in Galveston harbor loaded with some 500 immigrants from Lusatia, an area in Germany comprising parts of Saxony and Prussia. These immigrants were not the typical lot of Germans, Swedes, Czechs, and Poles who flocked to...

In Search of a Home – Nineteenth-Century Wendish Immigration

In the previous century a large portion of the smallest of the Slavonic nations left their German homeland and migrated to three distant continents. The Wends, or Sorbs, were seeking–what? Fortune? Religious freedom? Land for their children to farm? George R. Nielsen, in this revised edition of his...

Egg Decorating Woodcut-Art Print

Folklore and Festivals of the Wends

Birds’ Wedding (Ptači kwas •• Vogel Hochzeit) In the evening before January 25 children would place empty plates outside and the next morning would find the plates filled with candy or cookies supposedly left for them by the birds, who were said to be celebrating their wedding and...

Logo for the Wendish Heritage Society of Australia

Wendish Heritage Society of Australia

Our Society exists to collect, preserve and research Wendish and German family history, culture and heritage. All who share this heritage by birth, marriage or simply by common interest are welcome to join.

Worldwide Wendish Connection

Our mission is to connect the Wendish (Sorbian) people and their descendents around the globe through a variety of methods not least of which is basic information.

The Wends of Texas book cover

The Wends of Texas

An early examination, in chronological sequence, of the circumstances and events in the lives of the little known Texas pioneers, the Wends. The inclusion of an Appendix comprising the names and other information concerning the Wendish passengers who set sail in 1854 to find a new way of...

Women in Wendish Booth at 1973 Texas Folklife Festival

Women in Wendish Booth

Photograph of Lillie Moerbe Caldwell (left) and Mary Schimank, standing in the Wendish Gallery booth, at the second annual Texas Folklife Festival. The booth is sponsored by the Wendish Culture Club; one woman is holding a piece of wood that says, “Texas Wends 1854-1973.” Lace doilies for sale...

Woman Preparing Wendish Noodles

Photograph of a woman making Wendish noodles at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is wearing a bonnet, sunglasses, a shawl, and a checkered skirt. She is scooping up some noodles out of a large pot in front of her. Other pots and pans are also visible on the...

Touring the Wendish Homeland

In the region of Schleife, which consists of the villages of Schleife (Slepo), Rohne (Rowno), Mulkwitz (Mulkecy), Mühlrose (Miloraz), Trebendorf (Trjebin), Halbendorf (Brězowka), and Groß Düben (Dźewin), the Advent season tradition of the gift-giving Christkind (dźěćetko) is kept alive. According to the tradition, a young woman who will...