Speaker Series

on February 25, 2018 at The German Free School Building 507 E 10th St, Austin, TX 78701

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Elizabeth H. Clare "The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900"

GTHS Sunday Speaker Series

The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900

The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900 recreates the era of Gay Nineties Austin, then as now – a city on the rise and on the make. In 1891, at the behest of ambitious city fathers, the little city of just 15,000 people gambled its future on a project of breathtaking size – a massive hydroelectric dam across the Colorado River. This book follows the epic construction project and the brief golden era of the pleasure of resort at Lake McDonald. Though troubled and controversial from the get-go, the dam embodied all of Austin’s dreams. Then, on Friday, April 6, 1900, it began to rain…

About the Author

Author Elizabeth H. Clare is a lifelong Austinite, a freelance writer, she has authored numerous works on Texas history, including organizational histories of pioneering Texas businesses, state parks, the Texas prison system, and the Texas Highway Department. Under the pen name Frances Hunter, she is the coauthor of two award-winning historical novels about Lewis and Clark. The rare photographs displayed in this book are from the archives of the Austin History Center as well as the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas State Library and Archives, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 3pm

The German Free School Building

507 E. 10th St, Austin, TX 78701

Reserve your spot by Saturday February 17th, 2018

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

Parking available on 10th street or on GTHS parking lot – accessible through Neches Street.

Refreshments will be served.

Past Speakers:


Release Date: September 5, 2017

What is Forgiven follows Anna Klein, who has been working with the Monuments Men for a few months and continues to struggle to put her life back together. In this book, she confronts the Holocaust and her complicity, as a German citizen, in the atrocities the Nazis committed. Because the Nazis stole the property of Jewish collectors, the art now under the Americans’ control must be restituted. But she learns that when the stakes are this high, people rationalize their greed and crimes to protect themselves, their reputations, and their loved ones.

The series is inspired by the circumstances of the German half of Yetmen’s family at the end of World War II. Although no one worked with the Monuments Men, her grandmother, who was displaced, along with her great-grandmother and mother—then five years old— was lucky enough to get a job working for the American Occupation Forces. Yetmen’s day job as an architectural writer sparked her interest in the work of the Monuments Men, many of whom were architects. The two ideas collided to create the stories of the Anna Klein Trilogy.


C.F. Yetmen lives and works in Austin, Texas.

The books are available for purchase and signing after the presentation and both are available on Amazon.


Want to get a head start? Read up and click on the link below:

What is ForgivenChapter1

Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 3pm


The September 2017 Speaker Series was about the Captured by Scott Zesch

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.