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Announcing: 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 Mersiovsky.

Registration information and more is available here.

26th Annual Wendish Fest - September 28, 2014!!
Join us on Sunday, September 28th!  The 26th Annual Wendish Fest will be hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Texas Wendish Heritage Society at Serbin, Texas.  Rev. Dr. David Zersen, President Emeritus of Concordia University Texas will be the guest preacher for both worship services at St. Paul Lutheran, and our featured entertainers will be the Oak Wilt Boys.  A full day of family activities will be offered at the St. Paul picnic grounds and the museum.  Come enjoy a traditional Wendish noon meal complete with our famous noodles!  The Museum complex will feature Wendish folkways, demonstrations and exhibits.  For more details, click on the "Wendish Fest" link at the top of this page.

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!

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