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2015 Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza

The 2015 Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza (WHKE) was held on 14 March in the newly renovated Kilian Building. Speakers included David Goeke of San Antonio, David Zersen of Austin, Joyce Bise (our Executive Director), Wilbert Noack of Northrup, Ken Kesselus of Bastrop and Kathe Richards of Austin. A delicious coffeecake...

Civil War Soldiers and PTSD

Walter Penk, acclaimed Veterans Administration researcher into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will be the speaker at the 16 August 2015 General Membership meeting. Since this year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, I have asked him to speak to us about what...

Prussian or Saxon (Part 1)

Because some of the Texas Wends originated from Prussia and some from Saxony a question could be asked if origins made a difference. Does political geography influence the way people think and act? If you were asked about your origins, would it make a difference if you said “United...

Eating the Way our Ancestors Ate

Jan Ernest Smoler and Jan Kilian were contemporaries, although not always friendly ones. As editor of a newspaper in Bautzen, Smoler published negative letters sent from the Serbin colony leading to years of tension between Smoler and Kilian. Thirteen years before the immigration to Texas, in 1841, Smoler and a...

The 2015 Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza (WHKE)!

Want to learn more about Texas Wendish history? Join us for a wonderful day of fellowship on 14 March to learn of the latest findings in Wendish research! Presenters include: David Goeke, Kathe Richards, Dan Carter, Ken Kesselus (Bastrop County historian), Dr. David Zersen, Wilbert Noack, and Weldon...

The gorgeous sight of Saints Cyril’s interior.

The Painted Churches of Texas

One does not need to travel across the ocean to witness the beauty and craftsmanship of the old-world German churches. Driving for a few hours northwest of the Houston area will bring one to churches of the same beauty. Midway through the nineteenth century, many German immigrants fled...

Texas Country Reporter at the 26th Annual Wendish Fest

See how one woman uses her noodle to keep her culture alive. In September, 2014, Texas Country Reporter visited the Wendish Museum and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas, and returned for Wendish Fest. The episode was broadcast February 21-22, 2015 and features Hattie Schaustchick and Jack...

2015 Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza

A Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Kilian Building at the Museum complex. Registration is $30 per person or $50 per couple and will include lunch and break time snacks. The schedule is still in...

Kurio log room

Log Cabin Workday

A workday-is scheduled for February 28 beginning at 9:00 am to work on the Kurio log cabin. Work will include shoring up one comer to level the cabin, a much needed general clean-up of the structure, and any other projects that arise once the cabin floor is leveled....

Jan Kilian, Poet and Rebel

We all know Jan Kilian was the first pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin. But he was much more than the long-time shepherd of the Wendish colony in Texas. Kilian was orphaned at age 10. He used the small farm he inherited to put himself through school....