Category: News

Bettie Bendewald & Sadie Claxton

Executive Director’s Corner

What a blessing to have so many volunteers in this past quarter who helped with our garden and the many, many important chores for Wendish Fest! We send a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who assisted in any way! In addition, there are folks who were...

President’s Message

Witaj! (Hello!) from the Wendish Museum! As we slide headlong into the cooler fall weather, and with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner, I give thanks for each and every one of our members and supporters. The Texas Wendish Heritage Society and Museum would not...

L-R Florence Krause Wright and Magdalene Krause Harris

In and Around the Museum

We recently announced plans for a special display honoring the Texas Wends who served in World War I. It was no small feat, but the display was completed in time for Wendish Fest. Included with the items on display are a uniform, helmet and gas mask that belonged...

Update on the Jan Kilian Room Project

We recently posted a letter from Pastor Benjamin Rehr and the congregation at Weigersdorf, Germany describing a project they were undertaking. With help from the congregation at Klitten, a room of the Weigersdorf parsonage was being transformed into the Jan Kilian Room – a climate-controlled space to house...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...