Texas German Lessons

Texas German is a distinct dialect that can be heard throughout the state, especially all over Fredericksburg. Now, it is a dying language and if something isn’t done to preserve, it

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Primitive Fredericksburg

Roemer’s book notes that settlers’ hard times could be overcome by ‘German industry and frugality’ By Linda Langerhans Dr. Ferdinand Roemer’s book “Texas” is an excellent book (published in 1849) to

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How we got here?

Book list offers history primer on Fredericksburg By Joe Kammlah Starting in May 2021, Fredericksburg will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding. While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly put

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Turning Germans into Texans

By Evelyn Weinheimer As the title implies, although some German heritage still survives, immigrants from Germany eventually became full-fledged Texans. But it took some years and now much is lost. The

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1847 – Zodiac Colony Founded

About 200 Mormons settled 4 miles southeast of Fredericksburg in 1847. Led by Elder Lyman Wight, who in 1850 became chief justice of Gillespie County, they built houses, a school, a

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1847 –Treaty with Comanche

Meusebach, realizing that friendly relations with the Indians was needed, assembled a team of 40 men and met with the Comanches. On March 1 and 2, 1847, he made a treaty

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1846 – Fredericksburg Founded May 8

Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach, (official Founder of Fredericksburg) expecting more German settlers to New Braunfels in the winter of 1845-1846, found a site 80 miles northwest where resources were abundant.

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