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A Museum to Tell the Wendish Story

Friday 09 October 2099 at 06:01 am

This story by Ed Erwin of Spring, a free-lance photographer and writer, first appeared in the Houston Chronicle Texas magazine on May 12, 2002.

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Wending Through Rumplich Country by Joe Holley

Saturday 24 December 2016 at 4:30 pm

The following article was written by Houston Chronicle writer Joe Holley and appeared on Page A3 of the Saturday, December 24, 2016 issue of the Houston Chronicle. (joe.holley@chron.com). You can view the article and see pictures by clicking on the following link: online.

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October 8, 1936 Something New From the Old Wendish Homeland

Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 7:07 pm

As I was translating one of the many articles which my grandfather, Rev. Gotthilf Birkmann, submitted to the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt during the 1930’s, that are now in the Birkmann Blog on the Wendish Research Exchange website, I spotted this article immediately following his in the October 8, 1936, issue of that paper. Mr. Proske, the publisher and editor of the Volksblatt does not identify the source, but quite evidently he is quoting from what must have been a periodical from Germany, perhaps one to which Proske subscribed. This particular account of a major Wendish festival in the old country, whether it was one of a kind or an annual event, will be of interest to current readers. Worthy of note is that German people, by and large, in 1936 were still optimistic that Adolf Hitler and his Fascist Party would provide them desperately needed economic and social recovery and not yet aware of his full agenda.

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The Hierarchy of Dominance Configuration in Trilingualism by Anthony Vanek

Friday 13 May 2016 at 06:27 am

This article by Anthony Vanek first appeared in the Wendish magazine Letopis A, XIV, 2, pg. 173-179 (Bautzen, 1967).

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Issues that Influenced the Wends to Immigrate to Texas

Thursday 05 May 2016 at 11:47 pm

During the 2012 Wendish Fest, The Texas Wendish Heritage Society awarded a record 24 Scharath Wendish Scholarships to members of the Society who are currently enrolled in a college, university, community college, or trade school. The application included an essay of 1000 words or less about the issues (political, social, religious, economic) that influenced the Wends to immigrate to Texas, and applicants were asked to include issues that his/her ancestors experienced if known. While these essays are available for reading in our Genealogy Library, not all of our members have the chance to visit us in person. Therefore, beginning with this issue, we will print a few of these essays in our newsletter so that more members have a chance to enjoy the essays and gain an appreciation for the level of effort these students put into their applications.

The Scholarship Board selected four essays for printing in subsequent editions of the Society Newsletter. The first essay was written by Eli David Symm, at the time enrolled at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, studying Physics and Engineering Physics. The second essay was written by Jena Lynn Meuth, at the time enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin studying psychology and geography. The third essay was written by Mason Becker, at the time at Texas A&M University enrolled in the Mays Business School. The fourth essay was written by Peter Gaskamp, at the time in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

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Town Finds Its Heritage Defies Time, Place

Monday 04 January 2016 at 8:35 pm

This article by Richard Whittle, Knight Ridder Tribune News Service, was printed in an unidentified newspaper in the early 1990s.

Note: The correct adjective for Sorbs is Sorbian not Sorbish.

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Wendish Heritage Museum Receives Manuscript Copy of Rare Book

Saturday 10 October 2015 at 05:43 am

This news article was apparently printed in the Giddings Times and News sometime in 1982.

Note: Both Proske and his apprentice, Albert Miertschin, were of Wendish descent.

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The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum has been given the manuscript copy of the book, "Wendish Language Printing in Texas" by the author Jack D. Rittenhouse. Mr. Rittenhouse first visited the office of the former Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt in 1952, and acquired one of each of the eight special Wendish characters which were used in combination with German type to print it in the Wendish language. In a junk yard in Bastrop he found the Volksblatt sign and an advertising blotter and in 1962 wrote and printed in his own press a small book about the Wendish aspect of the tri-lingual Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt. Only 128 copies were printed, but each one contained an example of a Wendish hymn on cards printed up by Mr. Albert Miertschin from a form set up by the late J. A. Proske. One copy of the book is located in the Rice University Rare Book Collection.

At the Society meeting on Sunday, May 16, 1982, Daphne Garrett, member from Warda and Houston, reported on her meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Mr. Rittenhouse, and presented plans for an exhibit at the Museum about the Volksblatt. This newspaper, Texas' only trilingual paper, was founded in 1899 by J.A. Proske, sold to Albert Miertschin and Theodore Preusser in 1938, and merged with the Giddings Star in 1949. The eight characters acquired by Mr. Jack Rittenhouse are the only known surviving examples of the Wendish type. They are presently in the Institute of Texan Cultures, but are promised to the Wendish Museum for their exhibit.

Mrs. Garrett also announced her plans to co­author a reprint and expanded version of the book, which would include biographies of the Proskes, Preusser, and Miertschin and a more detailed history of the newspaper and their job printing. Mrs. Garrett is an active worker at the Heritage Museum, and also a contributing Editor for the newspaper, Deutsch Welt-U.S.A., writing primarily on Texas history.

Anyone wishing to assist the Wendish Museum by donating or loaning copies of the Volksblatt or examples of the job printing (announcements, programs, invitations) or provide any other information or pictures, is invited to contact Daphne Garrett, Box 35, Warda. Phone 242-3822. Or Evelyn Kasper, Museum co-ordinator.

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[Current Exective Director of the Wendish Museum is Joyce Bise, 979-366-2441, wendish@bluebon.net. Copies of the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt or any Lee County newspaper are still wanted and accepted.]

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Where's the Beef?

Friday 09 October 2015 at 11:35 pm

This article by Suzie Freeman appeared first in the Lee County Weekly, August 6, 1987. Just about everybody mentioned in the article is Wendish.

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Wends Trade Ethnicity for Freedom, Prosperity

Friday 09 October 2015 at 11:27 pm

This story by Samuel Hudson first appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Tuesday, May 24, 1983.

Note: The Wends did not enter England via London but rather via Hull.

Note: The Wends bought their land, called the Delaplain League, for $1/acre, not 50 cents/acre.

Note: The Wendish wedding dresses were still black into the early 1900s.

Note: Almost every Wendish family with a male between the ages of 18 and 30 had someone serving in the Confederate Army.

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Wends: The Story of a Dying Heritage

Friday 09 October 2015 at 11:19 pm

This article by John Makeig first appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Note: the Wends bought the Delaplane League for $1.00/acre not 50 cents/acre.

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Wends Draw Strength From Their Heritage: Harsh German economy, orders to conform, prompted migration to Texas in 1854

Friday 09 October 2015 at 11:11 pm

This article by David McLemore first appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Sunday, October 16, 1983.

Note: A handful (35) of Wends migrated to Texas in 1853.

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Wendish Christmas

Friday 09 October 2015 at 11:03 pm

This article by Victor Vogel was printed in an unknown newspaper date unknown. The article by Sigman Byrd, Advance Man in Wendenland, for the Houston Chronicle on 9 Sep 1960 is remarkably similar. Vogel's article states "122 years ago" which would have made the date of publication 1976.

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The Wends in Texas

Friday 09 October 2015 at 10:51 pm

This article by L. S. Imm, Ph.D. was written in 1974 for an unkown publication which may have been something similar to The Lutheran Digest.

Note: The 35 Prussian Wends of 1853 did not settle in East Texas but in Central Texas in Austin, and Fayette counties.

Note: The Wends arrived in Galveston in December 1854, and while they had a church and services it was not known as St Paul Lutheran church until 1870. The original settlement in Bastrop County was known initially as the Low Pinoak Settlement or Rabbs Creek and was not known as Serbin until 1860.

Note: The two men who set out ahead of the group were John Dube and Carl Lehmann. They found that the Delaplain League had a clear title and purchased in for $1/acre, not 50 cents.

Note: Rules for decorum in the church were necessary because of the lawlessness that pervaded the Serbin area during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War.

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St. Pauls, Serbin Presents Colonial Items to U of T

Friday 09 October 2015 at 07:24 am

This news article first appeared in the Giddings Star, April 16, 1964.

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Looking Back

Friday 09 October 2015 at 07:20 am

This article by Paul Freier appeared in "Looking Back" in the Port Arthur Wave, November 13, 1980.

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The Wends of Texas

Friday 09 October 2015 at 03:56 am

This article by Sydney Scout Sorenson first appeared in the Houston Chronicle on July 17, 1949.

Note: The land was purchased for $1/acre not 50 cents/acre and the original plots ranged from 25 to 286.5 acres.

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Six Old Luther Books Found in Attic

Friday 09 October 2015 at 03:49 am

This article by Lee Kelly first appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Centex Section, Friday, January 26, 1979.

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Beginning a Report on a Visit to Old Wendenland

Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 06:01 am

This article by Sigman Byrd first appeared in the "Bird's Eye View" of The Houston Chronicle on February 1 and 2, 1956.

Note: Moerby, a form of Moerbe, is a Wendish name as is Mitschke.

Note: Rev Johann Kilian preached in both German and Wendish.

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Texas Wends - Small ethnic group struggling to hang on to its rich heritage

Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 03:54 am

This article by Paul McKay first appeared in the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Saturday, July 24, 1982.

Note: The Wends bought their parcel of land called the Delaplain League for $1/acre not 50 cents.

Note: The town of Serbin was developed by Carl Lehman.

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Texans Locate Heritage In East Germany

Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 11:29 pm

This article by Ted J. Simon, Travel Editor for the A-J, first appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Saturday, June 11, 1983.

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(Editor's Note: Robert Robinson-Zwahr of Lubbock is a descendant of three pioneer German-Texan families - the Bremers, Seilers, and Kreitzes. The Lubbock man has specialized in historical research pertaining to the Wendish-Geman elements in Texas and has authored a two-volume (1,650 pages) history titled "The Bremers and Their Kin in Germany and Texas. Dr. Robert Elmer Ward-Layerle, founder of the Society of German American Studies, noted of the volumes - "One of the most extensive contributions to German-American family history, it is not only a first-class scholarly work, but one which is interesting and easy to read. The author has uniquely woven historical, sociological, and genealogical information into an excellent form."

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Texas Wends: Serbin and Giddings

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 08:12 am

This article written by George Carmack appeared in the San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, Texas on 25 July 1981.

Note: The league of land was bought for $1/acre not 50 cents/acre.

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Schubert - Fletcher Home Donated to Heritage Society

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 06:12 am

This article appeared in the 20 August 1987 edition of the Giddings Times and News, Giddings, Texas.

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My Wendish Neighbors

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 05:01 am

This article by Daphne Dalton Garrett appeared in the November-December 1980 issue of Deutsche Welt USA.

Note: When the Wends bought their land in 1855 it was in Bastrop County at that time and it did not become a part of Lee county until 1874.

Note: While Karl Teinert was very talented musically, the idea that he made an organ is highly questionable.

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God with the Wends: St Paul's Lutheran in Serbin is rooted in the ways of the Old World

Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 02:21 am

This article written by William Marti first appeared in Texas Monthly magazine in August 1980.

Note: The Wends bought land in a part that was originally in Bastrop County before Giddings existed and that became Lee County in 1874.

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Statesmen Hail Texan's Recipe: Texan Cooks up Recipe for Neighborly Accord

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 07:24 am

This article was written by Jack M. Kneece, Washington Bureau of the News and was printed in The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, 14 June 1981.

Note: The Wends landed in Texas in December 1854 and sent Carl Lehmann and John Dube inland to find land. They found a league of land with a clear title and bought it from A. C. Delaplane who had gotten it as a grant from the State of Texas.

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