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We meet the second Wednesday of every month for a virtual program. Please register in advance!
2021 Upcoming Virtual Programs
Virtual Program - Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 pm EST: The Long Shadow of the Habsburg Empire: A Hidden Collection of Austrian Maps Emerges
We are inviting you to a tour-de-force through the history of the Austrian Habsburgs, their empire, and a close-up look at the Austrian mapping tradition. We will also examine how the mapping agencies of other countries, including Nazi Germany, subsequently used Austrian map data.
In the aftermath of World War II the University of California Library in Berkeley received about 20,000 German-language maps from the U.S. Army Map Service, originally published between 1870 and 1945. A U.S. Army military intelligence unit had gathered these maps in Germany in the late stages of World War II. Librarians identified them collectively as German Captured Maps. The Berkeley library started to digitize this historically significant collection in 2018, a boon to genealogists and researchers. https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/germancapturedmaps
Within this larger body of maps, a hidden collection emerged, maps originally published by the mapping agency of the Habsburg Empire, the Imperial and Royal Military Geographical Institute of Vienna. It published many thousands of quality topographic sheets covering much of Central and Eastern Europe, areas where the Austro-Hungarian Empire had strategic interests. The quality of these Habsburg maps was high. After the demise of the Dual Monarchy in 1918 other mapping agencies continued to update the sheets, including the German military.
Susan Powell, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) & Map Librarian at the Earth Sciences & Map Library, UC Berkeley.
Heiko Mühr, Map Metadata & Curatorial Specialist at the Earth Sciences & Map Library, UC Berkeley.
Virtual Program - Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 pm EST: The Germans of Haymarket: The Impact of German Radicals in the Struggle for the Eight-Hour Workday and the Making of May Day
Nikolaus Selm presents on the origins of May Day as the International Labor Day. German-immigrant labor leaders, political radicals, and anarchists organized mass demonstrations in Chicago in support of the radical idea of the eight-hour workday. The demonstration and riot of 4 May 1881 was famous worldwide. Germans are found throughout this story, even the sculptors of the memorials to the police and the radicals.
Virtual Program - Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 pm EST: Api’s Berlin Diaries: My Quest to Understand My Grandfather’s Nazi Past
Professor Emerita (IU South Bend) Gabrielle Robinson presents her 2020 memoir addressing her grandfather’s wartime diaries. He was a physician in 1945 Berlin. Dr. Robinson is a Berlin native and authored German Settlers of South Bend in 2003.
Virtual Program - Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 pm EST: German Landmark Preservation in Dubois County
Architect and Jasper-native, Ron Flick, reports on recent efforts to preserve German landmarks, such as the 1903 Dr. Alois Wollenmann House and the 1877 Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, both in Ferdinand, Indiana.