Speaker Series

on October 1, 2017 at The German Free School Building 507 E 10th St, Austin, TX 78701

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Scott Zesch - Author of The Captured

GTHS Sunday Speaker Series

From Amazon:  “On New Year’s Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe’s fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.  That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle’s grave. Determined to understand how such a “good boy” could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch’s The Captured paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity. “

Zesch grew up in Mason County, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University and Harvard Law School.

This Sunday, October 1.st, 2017 at 3pm

The German Free School Building

507 E. 10th St, Austin, TX 78701

The book is available on Amazon.  Bring your book for signing.

Reserve your spot by Saturday September 30, 2017

Call Karen Haschke  512-345-8159 or email karenhaschke@sbcglobal.net




Past Speakers:

The July 2017 GTHS annual conference was kicked off by April Garner of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Tourism Program.  Garner shared exciting news about the Texas Historical Commission’s new travel guide across the state with a large emphasis on Germans in Texas.  Garner has a Bachelor of Arts in Art from St. Edward’s University in Austin and a Master’s degree in Art Education with a museum education concentration from the University of Texas in Austin.

As the State Coordinator of the Texas Heritage Tourism Program, Garner leads a team in developing statewide thematic mobile app tours and travel guides, and assists communities with new tourism product development. Garner also serves as primary liaison with other organizations and agencies involved with heritage tourism such as the National Parks Service, develops methods of increasing the heritage tourism potential of existing THC programs such as the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, Texas Main Street and the Historic Highways programs.  You will enjoy being among the first to hear about the September launch of this new travel App!


In May:

GTHS is invited to the Ascension Lutheran Church’s Parish Life Center located at 6420 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731, for a Power Point Presentation and Lecture by Johannes von Sachsen-Altenburg of Hannover, Germany. History Researcher, Writer and Academician visiting in Texas.

1517: Power, Popes and Politics – Why did it happen? 

The Reformation in a historical context

The lecture will not be anti-Catholic nor pro-Protestant




  • April’s speaker was  Jan Jarboe Russell, Author of The Train To Crystal City.

  • Our March speaker Dr. Hans Mark about the Berlin Blockade and the Airlift.

Though this is a free event, donations to GTHS are greatly appreciated. Thank you.