upcoming events and calendar
INDIANA GERMAN HERITAGE SOCIETY CALENDAR
STAMMTISCH AND PROGRAMS - Check back for updates!
We meet the second Wednesday of every month at The Atheneaum for a stammtisch and program.
For questions contact Ron Flick, firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, the programs are held at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. They are in English--free of charge and open to the public. Optional dinner and conversation at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m. Dinner costs $15.00 per person (tax, non-alcoholic beverage, and gratuity included). Please respond with your plans for attendance to email@example.com.
2019 - Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, March 13:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: The History & Rehabilitation of the South Side Turnverein Hall presented by Architect Benjamin Ross of RATIO Architects.
The presentation will provide an overview of the history and significance of the South Side Turnverein Hall and information on the building’s comprehensive 2017-2018 rehabilitation for a preservation-minded new owner.”
Benjamin Ross has degrees in architecture, with a focus on historic preservation and sustainable design, and has been a historic preservation specialist with RATIO for the last 11 years. Ben works with a wide range of clients on projects to maintain and revitalize historic buildings and communities. Ben’s experience includes scholarly research, planning, design, and implementation for restoration, revitalization, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects. He has many German-American ancestors, the earliest coming from Thuringia in 1738 and the most recent from Baden in 1880.”
Wednesday, April 10:
Stammtisch and Program: German Cities, Jewish Spaces: Belonging, Sociability, & Cultural Transformation in the early 19th Century by Dr. Simone Lässig, Director, German Historical Institute, Washington DC.
Dr. Simone Lässig is the director of the German Historical Institute Washington, DC and a cultural and social historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She obtained her PhD from the Pedagogical University of Dresden for her thesis on "Military Political action of social democracy in Eastern Saxony". In 2003 she completed a study on the "gentrification of Jews in Germany" and received the 2004 Habilitation prize of the German Historians Association.
The April program will be held in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305, starting at 6 pm.
Details on the time and place of the April board meeting will be sent out by email following the annual meeting.
Wednesday, May 8:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: The History and Restoration of St. Mary Catholic Church in Lockerbie by Jim Kienle and Jim Divita.
St. Mary's Catholic Church (St. Marienkirche) is a Roman Catholic Church situated in historic Lockerbie Square, which in its early years was known as Germantown, due to the numerous German immigrants living in the district starting in 1849. The German-speaking parish built their first church in 1858 to serve the city's growing German Catholic population. The present church at the corner of New Jersey and Vermont streets was completed in 1912. Designed by German-born architect Hermann J. Gaul in the late Gothic Revival style, it follows a cruciform plan modeled after the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently undergoing restoration.
Preservation Architecture Consultant, James Kienle, has spent the majority of his more than 45 year architectural career specializing in preservation design; bringing new life to historic structures, campuses and urban environments. In 2016, he retired from Moody Nolan Inc., where he served as the Director of the Historic Preservation Studio. In recognition of his work in Preservation Design, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ esteemed College of Fellows and Governor Frank O’Bannon awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash for his pioneering work in Indiana Historic Preservation. He lives in an 1872 house that he restored in 1976 in Lockerbie Square.
James Divita, professor emeritus of history at Marian University in Indianapolis, has been an IGHS member since the mid-1980s and is presently an IGHS board member. His mother’s ancestors originated in West Preussen and settled in Chicago in the 1880s. He earned the Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of Chicago and taught at Marian for over 40 years. His research interest is in local ethnic and religious history. He has written a dozen Catholic congregational histories, and many journal, newspaper, and newsletter articles over the years. His most recent articles are on the origins of German religion in Indianapolis: the Catholic one stresses the development of St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart of Jesus parishes, the Protestant one on the beginnings of Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ and the two Missouri Synod Lutheran churches, St. Paul’s on Indianapolis’ southside and Zion Evangelical Lutheran in Hancock County.
Wednesday, June 8:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Germans in the New World of Indiana presented by William Selm.
The Germans arrived in the Indiana as pioneers and confronted the conditions of the wilderness. In the case of the Harmonists/Rappites, they carved out a religious communal colony in the wilds of Posey County on the banks of the Wabash. Soon after in the 1830s Indiana was flooded with land-hungry Germans seeking farmland and creating their own villages and towns such as Oldenburg and Ferdinand where they found opportunities working as craftsmen and merchants in these communities. Throughout the state growing rural communities founded more towns such as Hessen Cassel, Bingen, Darmstadt, Berne, and Hamburg.
William Selm is a co-founder of IGHS and the Athenaeum Foundation, the last historian of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, adjunct faculty member for IUPUI, free-lance historian and tour guide. He has authored the Wegweiser: A self-guided tour of German-American sites in Indianapolis and Vonnegut's Walking tour of Indianapolis, as well as entries in The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis.
No July Meeting
Wednesday, August 14:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program, the Indianapolis Liederkranz Brass Band, led by Jeff Westfall.
IGHS welcomes an encore performance of the Indianapolis Liederkranz Brass Band, led by Jeff Westfall. The Indianapolis Liederkranz Brass Band was founded in 2014 with the mission to share our German musical heritage. Bring your friends to this delightful concert on the Auditorium Room.
Wednesday, September 11:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Lessons from Learning Abroad.
Each year, IGHS provides several scholarships to Indiana high school students participating in an approved study abroad program. Students participating in these programs will join us to talk about their experiences abroad and the lessons they learned. Please join us to hear about their adventures abroad. For questions contact Dr. Claudia Grossmann, (317) 274-3943, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 9:
Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: The African Reich: Germans in Southern Africa presented by Nico Selm.
While often overshadowed by the exploits of the Britain, Spain, and France, Germany built a colonial empire of its own at the end of the 19th century. In the decades following unification, thousands of Germans settled in far-flung parts of Africa and brought with them institutions, ideas, and architecture from the Vaterland. They also brought with them high hopes and fabulous plans. Plans that, sadly, did not include the original inhabitants of their new colonies. The clash of cultures was brutal and cruel, and, at times, beautiful. Over a century after the dissolution of the German Empire, however, its legacy lives on in Southern Africa.
Selm is a life-long participant in the Indianapolis German-American community, where he worked as a primary school teacher. In 2017, he moved to Cape Town, South Africa to teach and learn. During his two years in South Africa, he participated in and documented a vibrant German community in South Africa and Namibia.