upcoming events and calendar
INDIANA GERMAN HERITAGE SOCIETY CALENDAR
STAMMTISCH AND PROGRAMS
Wednesday, February 8: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Cologne and Indianapolis: Unlocking Opportunities for All presented by Mary Agnes Hylton. She will be explaining the programs and services that both library systems provide for their respective city’s immigrant and refugee populations. Ms. Hylton learned of Cologne’s response to this issue via the Stadtbibliothek Köln (Cologne City Library). In September/October 2016 she participated in the exchange program of the Indianapolis-Köln Sister City (Partnerstadt) program. With Germany in the news every day because of the Syrian refugee crisis, this is a very timely topic.
Mary Agnes Hylton is the Manager of the Indianapolis Public Library Eagle Branch, which serves a diverse immigrant population on the city’s west side. She hold degrees from Marietta College in her native Ohio and a Master’s of Library Science from Indiana University. She has been a librarian in the IPL system for thirty years and was preceded in the Köln program by Nicole James in 2012, who now works for SBK. This exchange is one of the benefits of the Partnerschaft relationship cultivated since the 1980s.
Wednesday, March 8: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Indiana Veneers Corporation, A German Indiana Story will be presented by Peter Georg Lorenz. Indiana Veneers is an Indiana company founded in 1892, but since the 1970s has been owned by the Lorenz family. The speaker’s father, a native of Silesia, learned woodworking in Frankfurt and eventually all aspects of the craft/industry. The IVC plant is a modern plant producing veneers for the world market. The machinery slices and peels logs into paper-thin sheets to be used on furniture and paneling. Many of the oak, walnut, cherry, maple, and hickory logs come from southern Indiana.
The speaker, Herr Lorenz is a graduate of Marian College. As vice president of IVC, he travels the world buying trees and selling veneers. He generously hosts field trips from schools, FFA conventions, and IUPUI.
Wednesday, April 12: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Readings by the Indiana Poets Laureate. Current Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and former Laureate (and IGHS Member) Norbert Krapf will give readings of their poems dealing with their Indiana German family history and German roots, followed by a question and answer period and book signing.
Norbert Krapf grew up in German Catholic Dubois Country and has traced his family roots back to villages in Lower Franconia. His mother's family immigrated to Dubois County in 1840 and his father's family in 1846. Norbert, an emeritus prof of English at Long Island Univ., served as Fulbright prof of American Poetry at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg. His German roots figure in his many poetry collections such as “Somewhere in Southern Indiana," "Blue-eyed Grass: Poems of Germany," and "Bloodroot: Indiana Poems," his translations of Franconian legends in ""Beneath the Cherry Sapling," and "Finding the Grain: Pioneer German Journals and Letters from Dubois County, Indiana."
Shari Miller Wagner was born in Goshen, Indiana, and comes from a Swiss German Mennonite heritage. Her mother and father were born into the Mennonite community of LaGrange County, and some of her ancestors trace back to the Palatinate and Hesse regions of Germany. Shari includes poems about her Mennonite family background in her books, Evening Chore and The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana. Her poems have appeared in The Writer's Almanac, American Life in Poetry, and The Christian Century. She teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center.
Wednesday, May 10: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Dr. Karen Roesch will be presenting on Pastor Wyneken. More information to come.
Wednesday, June 21: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Monika Herzig and the Indiana Jazz Exchange with Cologne. Monika Herzig holds a Doctorate in Music Education with a focus on Jazz Studies from Indiana University where she is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Administration. She teaches courses on the Music Industry, Programming, and Arts Entrepreneurship. Her research focus is on jazz as a model for creativity and entrepreneurship with recent publication of her grant-supported project “The Jazz Jam Session Model for Group Creativity and Entrepreneurship” in the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Journal (MEIEA). She is also the author of David Baker – A Legacy in Music, published in 2011 by IU Press. Forthcoming is Experiencing Chick Corea with Rowan & Littlefield, 2017.
As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C. Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Awards include a 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for Best Original Song, a Jazz Journalist Association Hero 2015 award, as well as grants from the NEA, the Indiana Arts Commission, MEIEA, among others. Her newest project “The Whole World in Her Hands” features the world’s leading female jazz instrumentalists. More info and sound samples at www.monikaherzig.com
Wednesday, September 13: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: The German Pen Pal Exchange
7th and 8th grade students from the School for Community Learning, a small independent school dedicated to socially engaged education, began pen pal relationships with students from the Bayreuth Germany Real Schule in November of 2016. The students have been learning about German language and culture in extra-curricular activities for quite some time . In the summer of 2017 they traveled, with the financial help of IGHS, to Bayreuth to stay and travel with their pen pals for 10 days. It was a trip that shifted perspectives, enlivened history, enriched friendships, and created global citizens. Presenting students are : Marcela Harms - Rosales, Isabel Cloyd Annarino, Una Dunigan and Layth Abdulbari.
Wednesday, October 11: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Reformation, Luther, and Germans - James J. Divita, professor emeritus of history at Marian College (now University) in Indianapolis, has been an IGHS member since the mid-1980s and is presently an IGHS board member. Dr. Divita's presentation will entail marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which traditionally begins with Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the castle chapel door in Wittenberg, Saxony, on 31 October 1517.
Wednesday, December 13: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: The IGHS Advent Social will be held at popular request. The evening will include German seasonal refreshments of Gluhwein, Coffee, and baked treats. The program will consist of singing beloved Weihnachtslieder with accompaniment. Please bring a wrapped tree ornament (c. $5.00 value) and participate in the Christbaumschmuck exchange. This is an evening of fellowship and learn Weihnachtslieder. Warning: THERE WILL BE NO FROSTY DER SCHNEEMANN OR WHITE CHRISTMAS. THIS IS THE REAL STUFF!
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.
Friday and Saturday March 17-18: the IGHS Annual Meeting at the Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati
Saturday, April 8: The Spring Meeting of the Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis. Dr. Roger Minert, internationally renowned genealogist and professor of religious education at Brigham Young University will be our speaker. He is widely recognized as one of the preeminent authorities in Germanic genealogy in the United States and this is only the second time that he has given presentations in Indiana in his career. He will be available to answer personal research questions. The order of registrations received will be used to determine the order for asking those questions. For registration information, please go to www.palam.org . If you have questions for Dr. Minert, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 14, 10 a.m. German Good Friday Service at the Zion Church in Indianapolis. Zion Church is located at 603 North New Jersey Street, one block from the Athenaeum. For Info: 317-639-5411.
Saturday, April 22: St. Benno Fest
St. Benno and Herr Bock now welcome children to the festivities!!