German-Texan Heritage Society
Promoting Awareness and Preservation of the German Cultural Heritage of Texas

GTHS Annual Conference 2016

SAVE THE DATE!! Join us for our Annual Conference on September 23 & 24, 2016 in the beautiful Hanslik Hall at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center located at 250 W. Fairgrounds Road in La Grange, TX 78945.

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Save your spot & register now!
Otherwise, contact the GTHS office to register at 855-892-6691. Full schedule and details are listed below. Questions? Email

As Germans moved to Texas, they found others here from different cultures. Our conference will examine the interactions between these peoples, the elements of German Culture brought to Texas, and how this mix of cultures created what we know as Texas today.

Our speakers will include:

Friday Dr. Walter Kamphoefner: German-Slavic Relations in Texas and the Midwest Dr. David Chroust: Lives among Germans and Memories of Germany Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe: The Material Culture of German Texans Dr. Marc Pierce: Investigating Texas German in the 21st Century

Saturday Dr. Christopher Wickham: Cultural Intermediary in Texas: Emil Kriewitz Dr. James Kearney: Friedrich Strubberg and the Penateka Commanches Dr. Kay Goldman: The Evolution of an Identity: From Jewish, to German, to Texan Matthias Fingerhuth, M.A.: Semantic Variation in Texas German Language Shift

On Saturday we will also have our annual membership meeting and tours of the area. The grounds of the Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center have a number of historical homes and buildings which contain items from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

On Sunday, September 25, you are invited to attend the Texas Wendish Heritage Society’s annual Wendish Fest in nearby Serbin, Texas. A German Church service will be held at 10:30 am in the St Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin next to the festival grounds. Enjoy the famous Wendish Noodles and learn about those “other Germans” at the Wendish Fest.

GTHS 2016 Annual Conference Schedule

Friday, September 23, 2016

9:30 – 1:00                  Registration and tour of the Center Exhibits, Lunch on your own
1:00 – 1:30                  Welcome and Information
1:30 – 2:20                  Dr. Walter Kamphoefner:  German-Slavic Relations in Texas & Midwest
2:30 – 3:20                  Dr. David Chroust:  Lives among Germans and Memories of Germany
3:20 – 3:40                  Break
3:40 – 4:30                  Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe:  The Material Culture of German Texans
4:40 – 5:30                  Dr. Marc Pierce:  Investigating Texas German in the 21st Century
6:30                             Supper on-site by Celebrations Catering

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:00 – 9:00                  Registration and snacks/pastries
9:00 – 9:50                  Dr. Christopher Wickham:  Cultural Intermediary in Texas: Emil Kriewitz
10:00 – 10:50              Dr. James Kearney:  Friedrich Strubberg and the Penateka Commanches
10:50 – 11:20              Break
11:20 – 12:00              GTHS Membership Meeting
12:00 – 1:30                Lunch on-site by Celebrations Catering
1:30 – 2:20                  Dr. Kay Goldman:  The Evolution of an Identity: From Jewish, to German, to Texan
2:30 – 3:20                  Matthias Fingerhuth, M.A.:  Semantic Variation in Texas German Language Shift 

Annual Meeting 2016 flyer


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