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Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship Program!!
We are pleased to announce the Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship program sponsored by the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.  A total of six $500 scholarships may be awarded to students of Wendish descent who are currently enrolled in a trade school, college, or university for the spring semester 2015.  Applicants and their parents must be current members of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. Deadline for submission of application materials is November 14, 2014.  Click here to download the application.

Good News!!!  TWHS was recently awarded a grant from the Lehman Foundation to help fund a project to renovate and enlarge the Kilian Building, one of 5 buildings that comprise our Museum complex.  The Kilian Building houses the kitchen where noodles are made, and is also the space where meetings are held and tour groups are fed.  The project will include increasing the size of the building to create a larger kitchen and noodle-making area, improving rest room facilities, adding more storage space, and enlarging the area where meetings are held.  Thank you Lehman Foundation Trustees!

The funds from the Lehman Foundation will pay approximately 2/3 the cost of the project - but it is up to us to raise the necessary funds to cover the remainder of the expenses. Please consider making a donation. Thank you for your generosity!

2014 Membership Meetings!
This year the programs presented at our quarterly TWHS membership meetings will focus on the Texas Wends' Civil War experiences.  Wilfred Schlather, who has researched the Civil War experience of Texas soldiers (which includes many of the Wends), was the speaker at our February 16 meeting.  On May 18, Doug Kubicek presented Reconstructing Your Ancestors. On August 17, Carroll Scogin-Brincefield
will present Standing in the Shadows, focusing on the role of women in the Civil War.

The Civil War was one of the most turbulent periods in America's history.  Texas had a role of a supply state for the Confederate cause because of port cities, limited rail and numerous wagon trails.  This was one of the many reasons that the Union was concerned about Texas.  Texans had a well-defined and consistent sense of right and wrong. Texas’ population in 1860 was 421,649. The Civil War records state between 70 to 90,000 Texas boys and men joined the ranks of the military ranging from 16 years to the mid 50’s that is roughly 16 to 21% of the men in Texas going to war Sons, Husbands, brothers, uncles, cousins these families were torn apart some never returned; others returned but life was never the same for them. The loss of so many men had a devastating effect on the state, but more on the families they left behind in the shadows. The world as Texas women and children knew it was turned upside down. The war placed pressures on the women and children that their life prior to 1861 had not prepared them to handle. Texas did not have Gettysburg or a Vicksburg but we did give our men to those battlefields. The Texas cry was heard from the East coast to the Arizona desert. Families of these brave soldiers lived in the shadows in Texas a state once seemed by many as a safe refugee. Their stories need to be told, The Civil War is the most written and researched topic in today’s study of history and the stories of the silent victims the women and children need to come out of the shadows and into our lives as students of the Civil War and as Texans.

Join us on August 17 at 2:00 p.m. for what promises to be a most informative and interesting program!

The New York Times recently published an article featuring the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. This article, written by Corrie MacLaggan for The Texas Tribune, is entitled The Joys of Being Wendish, Festival and All. Several festival attendees are briefly interviewed, including Evelyn Buchhorn, Russell Schwausch, Dwight Nitsche, George Nielsen, Charles Wukasch, Weldon Mersiovsky, and David Goeke. This appeared in the October 11th, 2013 edition of The New York Times.

We have dedicated a special section of our sister website to coverage of 2013's WHKE. The Wendish History and Knowledge Extravaganza! Be sure to view video of Dr. George Nielsen's presentation.

Members receive quarterly newsletters. Membership meetings are held quarterly at the museum. Special events include the Annual Wendish Fest held the fourth Sunday in September at the Museum complex and St. Paul picnic grounds in Serbin, Texas.

The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum is operated by the Society to preserve documents and artifacts pertaining to the Wendish culture. It is supported by our members through their annual dues.

Want to join? Click on the "Membership" tab at the top of this page for more information.

Texas Wendish Heritage Society
1011 County Road 212
Giddings, Texas 78942-5940

Phone Number: (979) 366-2441

Fax Number: (979) 366-2805

2012-13 Officers:
Raymond Arldt - President
Weldon Mersiovsky - Vice President
Helen Murphy - Secretary
Vivian Dube - Past President

2013-14 Board of Directors:

George Boerger
Chuck Dube
Travis Urban
Bettie Horn Bendewald
Steve Hooper
Monroe Miertschin
Hattie Schautschick
Mark Wendland
Chris Becker
Richard Gruetzner