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BLEOW you will find books available for purchase at GTHS. Please contact if you’re interested in purchasing any of the books below only. Thank you.

Geneology, German history, settlement,…etc. we might just have what you’re looking for.

To purchase any of these books please contact the office at 512-467-4569 or email us at You can download a 2017 GTHS book order form here. Thank you.

Featured books:

A Sojourn in Texas, 1846-47 by Alwin H. Soergel

This book was published 25 years ago for the 150th Anniversary of the Adelsverein.

We have 7 books for sale for $35 each.

  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: German-Texan Heritage Society; First Edition edition (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds


Texas in 1848 by Viktor Bracht


This book was first published in 1849. This book is a real treasure when doing research on the late 1840’s in New Braunfels.

Originally published in German in 1849, this book has been described by scholars of German-Texans as a “Treasure of German-Texan History” and “a Valuable Contribution to our Knowledge of Early Texas.” Always a champion of Texas and democracy, Bracht displays a zeal presented here in a highly readable 1931 translation by Charles Schmidt. As an employee of the Mainzer Adelsverein, Bracht traveled extensively through settled and unsettled parts of Texas, carefully observing conditions and relating them authoritatively to an eager audience in Germany. With a new foreword by Viktor Bracht’s grandson, Toland A. Eisenhauer, this reprint edition of Texas in 1848 continues the aim of the German-Texan Heritage Society to provide readers with important reviews of German-Texan history.

We have a couple of these left and are selling them for $35 each.

  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: German-Texan Heritage Society, Dept. of Modern Languages, Southwest Texas State University; 1st Edition Thus edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


The Diary of Hermann Seele by Hermann Seele


Seele was born in 1823 and came to Texas in 1843 – so next year would be the 195th anniversary of his birth and the 175th of his coming over.

The diary of Hermann Seele is not only an illuminating and highly important document f the German settlement of Texas but also the unique personal account of the most significant civic and cultural leader among the pioneer German Texans. 

Seele began his diary while he was still a student in Germany in the fall of 1842. He maintained it for the most part on a daily basis. 

Seele’s diary is the only comprehensive account of the German settlement of Texas per se, comprising a day to day journal of the beginning of Seele’s interest in immigration, his journey to Bremen, the voyage to Texas, the arrival and stay in Galveston, his year in the Gulf region where he worked on both German and Anglo homesteads, Seele’s participation in the founding of New Braunfels, and the aftermath of the settlement period, with the beginning of the Civil War and the courtship of his future wife, Mathilde Blum.

We have 7 books for sale for $45 each

Hermann Seele’s Diary Order Form

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: German-Texan Heritage Society; First Edition edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds


Voyage to North America by Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski

The largest single immigration of Germans to the United States, and the most unusual, occurred in Texas around the middle of the nineteenth century. The organization formed to direct this German colonization of Texas became popularly known as the Adelsverein (The Society of Noblemen). The key figure in this settlement was Carl, Prince of Solms-Braunfel, appointed Commissioner-General by the Adelsverein. Solms’s diary of this time was discovered in documents relating to the Adelsverein and has been translated here for the first time.

The diary begins with Solms’ departure from the family castle on the Rhine, Rheingrafenstein, in May 1844, and ends on June 30, 1845, in New York. It contains additional important historical and personal data, including a great deal of biographical data not found in the other Solms documents. The personal nature of the diary allowed freedom in the descriptions of people and places Solms encountered. He writes daily records of personal contacts with Texas officials and important citizens, numerous Germans of all stations already in Texas, and occasional Indian bands. He describes the extent and nature of his daily travels and, when warranted, includes descriptions of the region or the city or settlement, particularly the German settlements.

Included in the Appendix is the diary of the colonial director of the Adelsverein, Alexander Bourgeois. Since Bourgeois accompanied Solms until Solms dismissed him in August 1844, his diary provides a unique counterpoint to Solms’ diary. Bourgeois’s diary, however, was not compiled on a day-to-day basis but apparently written during the time of his dismissal.

We have a couple of these babies left for $33 each.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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