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100th Anniversary – U.S. Entry into World War I

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formal U.S. entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, we are preparing a special display of items and photos in our collection that are related to World War I. If you have any photos or written stories of family members who served in World War...

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE VOYAGE?

Logistics is a term for something we do frequently, such as taking a family vacation, and it is as old as Hannibal moving elephants from Carthage to attack Rome. There may be a simple definition, but it is a complicated process. How do you move people or goods...

Quarterly Membership Meeting

In 1834, a German immigrant to Texas, D.T.F. (Detlef Thomas Friedrich) Jordt, aka Detlef Dunt, wrote and published a book entitled, Reise nach Texas, in which he described Texas as “a land which puts riches in (the immigrant’s) lap, which can bring happiness to thousands and to their...

Wendish Research Exchange

The Wendish Research Exchange is looking for volunteers who can transliterate handwritten German into printed German. Knowledge of the German language is not required, although could be helpful. We have copies of old diaries that we would like to translate, and the first step in that process is...

St. Peter Lutheran Church at Serbin and Rev. Johann Pallmer

In the two previous issues of the TWHS Newsletter, I attempted to show how the religious environments of Prussia and Saxony contributed to the creation of the first St. Peter church in Serbin. While this first separatist group remained small and the congregation was short-lived (1858 to 1867),...

Fedor Soder Research

Many people of Wendish descent know the name Fedor Soder, the man who gave his name to the community of Fedor, Texas. Dr. George Nielsen, Rev Gotthilf Birkmann, Rev. Robert Hartfield, and Dr. George Engerrand, among others, have mentioned him in their research. Thought to be Jewish, he...

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Following a brief business meeting, we will continue the theme of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War as we hear from Walter Penk, acclaimed Veterans Administration researcher into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Walter will share with us his knowledge of PTSD and its...

The Texas Wendish Renaissance

The Wendish language and the awareness of being Wendish were slowly dying in the minds of the descendants of the Wends who migrated to Texas. Rev. Herman Kilian wrote the last Wendish obituary on the occasion of the death of Emma Christiana Schubert on 15 May 1906. It...

Prussian or Saxon (Part 2)

Prussia It was in 1817 that the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm III, decreed the creation of a single church that merged the two Protestant faiths-Lutheran and Calvinist-although participation was voluntary. Compliance was anemic, and the king did little more than make the change at the garrison church in...

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...