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Report on the 46th Annual Texas Folklife Festival

The 2017 Folklife Festival, June 9-11 at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures, was held under beautiful blue skies, and the Wends were there! We served delicious food that included noodles from the TWHS kitchen thanks to Hattie and others, koch kaese sandwiches, barbecue chicken drumsticks with an...

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Note from the Executive Director

Greetings from your Wendish Museum! We hope that you will have an opportunity to visit us soon and see the current displays and exhibits featuring Wendish folklore and historic Wendish artifacts. You will also appreciate the new kiosk that provides visitors with choices of videos to watch. Available...

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Museum Visitors

During the months of April, May and June we hosted visitors from Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, Minnesota, Washington, Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Australia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Germany, Louisiana, and cities and towns across Texas. Three of the visitors we met recently are Vincent...

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President’s Message

The summer season started early – in fact there wasn’t much of a winter around here at all. In some ways, not being lulled into a wintertime comfort zone has helped as far as Wendish Fest planning is concerned, because we are ahead of schedule in the planning...

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In and Around the Museum

We continue to be fortunate recipients of donations that enhance our ability to educate and entertain our visitors. R.J. and Ruth Nitsche recently donated a book that might have been part of Pastor Jan Kilian’s library, although the exact provenance has not been determined. The book – printed...

German Heritage Day Display Tables

German Heritage Day

On Sunday, March 12, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures hosted German Heritage Day. Several organizations were invited to attend and set up displays regarding their part of the German heritage of Texas. Among these were the Pioneer Museum of Fredericksburg, a San Antonio Volksmarsch group, a group...

In and Around the Museum

As the task of digitally archiving the museum’s holdings continues, other projects are in varying stages of completion, have recently begun, or continue on a regular basis. Work began in early January to build and install the new interactive display in the Peter Building. Red Arldt built and installed the shelving, cabinets and surround...

Youth in the News

Josie Muschel, a student at Clements High School in Sugar Land, recently took 1st place in the Doll Costume category at the Texas State German Contest. Her doll was dressed in a traditional Spreewald costume that includes skirt, blouse, shawl and headpiece. The part of the costume that...

TWHS’ 45th Anniversary as a Society

We want to encourage everyone to wear bonnets and hats to 2017 Wendish Fest to honor the five women who started our society. The women wore, made and sold bonnets in our Wendish booth at the Texas Folklife Festival. Many of you already have bonnets from your family...

Note from the Executive Director

Folks love to hear about the Wends and we love to tell the story! Numerous organizations invite TWHS to have an exhibit during their annual conferences, special events, meetings, etc. We are invited to provide demonstrations and presentations about Wendish history and culture for various groups, and luckily...