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Gruetzners Come to Texas

Prologue A man and his small family exit the carriage that has transported them from the train station to the Hamburg American shipping company’s pier in the port of Hamburg. As they huddle together against the cold wind coming off the Elbe River, they gaze at the steamship...

Walk-in Coffee and Bake Sale

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us at our annual Walk-in Coffee and Bake Sale to benefit the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum on Tuesday, February 14 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Giddings, across the street from the...

Family History Workshops for 2017

The first of four planned Family History Workshops for 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 9:00 am in the Peter Building at the TWHS museum complex. Weldon Mersiovsky will be on hand to help you get started on your own family history search, or help you solve a...

Volunteer Corner

Activities, tours, events, etc. are quickly filling up our museum schedule for 2017! Visitation continues to be steady with both new and repeat visitors coming to learn about what we offer in the world of Wendish. With attention coming from publication features, Facebook, websites, TripAdvisor, historic preservation blogs,...

Note from the Executive Director

Blessings to y’all for 2017! We are starting off to another great year here at the museum. Typically visitation is down during the holidays but we have enjoyed a steady stream of folks coming to see what we are all about. Part of this attention is coming from publications such...

President’s Message

Strowe Nowe Lĕto! (Happy New Year)! It is hard to believe that 2016 is already behind us and another year has begun. What seems to me to have been just yesterday was really one year ago, when most of 2016 was still in the future. As we moved through 2016, we were...

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...