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Noodle Ladies making the first batch in the newly remodeled KIlian building

Volunteer Corner

This month we are featuring our “NOODLE MAKERS AND FLUFFERS”! We have sold and shipped hundreds of pounds of noodles since our NOODLE VOLUNTEERS have had the pleasure of working in the new Kilian Building facility. Since the feature about TWHS and our “NOODLE LADY” aired on Texas Country Reporter, these volunteers have become...

Family History Workshop

The next Family History Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the museum. Weldon Mersiovsky will be on hand to assist with your research and answer all your questions. The registration fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple, which will be...

Museum Workday

A workday is scheduled for May 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Focus of the work will be cleaning the grounds and buildings in preparation for the Serbin Homecoming Picnic. The area around the Kilian Building needs some attention after all the construction activity of the past year. If you can...

Kilian Building Dedication and General Membership Meeting

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society is pleased to invite folks to attend a dedication of our newly remodeled Kilian Building on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Dedication activities will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by the general membership meeting. Refreshments will be provided by TWHS, so please plan...

Note from the Executive Director

Spring has sprung! The abundance of green grass, tree blossoms and wildflowers in the countryside, along with our heritage garden are a breathtaking sight to welcome visitors and volunteers. Not only have we been blessed with these beautiful sights, we have also been blessed with record numbers of visitors and support...

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...