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.
2020 Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, January 8: No Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program.
Wednesday, February 12: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Unearthly Nostalgia' for an American Childhood: Memory and Identity in the Art of Lyonel Feininger presented by Janice Miller. As a young man, German-American artist Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) explored the streets of his native New York City, the ports along the Hudson River and the city’s towering skyline. Though he left to study in Hamburg, Germany in 1887, the scenes from his childhood continued to influence Feininger’s iconography and thematic investigations of urban life throughout his career. Today, Feininger is recognized primarily for his involvement in twentieth-century German avant-garde movements such as Expressionism and the Bauhaus School, as well as for his early work as a cartoonist for the Chicago Sunday Tribune. This presentation will examine Feininger’s American upbringing and its influence on his iconography and unique stylistic development as a German artist. It will also analyze the artist’s deeply problematic dual identities as German and American in an era of fervent anti-German sentiment in the United States. Janice Miller works at IUPUI, where she divides her time between the Max Kade German-American Center and teaching advanced courses on modern European art at the Herron School of Art and Design.
Wednesday, March 11: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: D.A. Bohlen & Son: Influential Architecture in Indianapolis & Saint Mary-of -the-Woods Historic District presented by James A. Glass, PhD. James Glass will review the four generations of Indianapolis architectural firm D.A. Bohlen & Son, in both Indianapolis and the campus of the Sisters of Providence in Vigo County. The firm was founded by immigrant Diedrich A. Bohlen from the Kingdom of Hannover. He arrived in Indianapolis a decade before the Civil War and was instrumental in transforming Indianapolis from a town into a thriving railroad city. Some Indianapolis Bohlen buildings include the Deutsche Allgemeine Waisen Haus, St. John Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, City Market, and the Murat Shrine, all listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Dr James A. Glass has been studying the work of the Bohlen firm since 1976, when he served as the first staff historian to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. After earning his Ph.D. in architectural history and historic preservation, he served as director of the State Historic Preservation Office and as director of the Ball State University Historic Preservation Program.
Wednesday, April 13: Board Meeting, Stammtisch and Program: Travis Jerde on German Park, German American Klub, and The Indianapolis Federations of German Societies. Travis Jerde and others will educate the audience on the origins of German Park and the organizations that own and operate the famous site on South Meridian Street.
Note: The April meeting of the IGHS Board of Directors, dinner, and the Stammtisch will take place at German American Klub, German Park, 8600 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis.
1 May - Julia Whitehead
Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library
At the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library 543 Indiana Ave
10 June - Don Flick
The Germantowns of Indiana
No meeting in July
12 August - Jeff Westfal
The Liederkranz Brass Band
9 Sept TBD
14 Oct - Claudia Grossmann
11 Nov - Allison DePrey Singleton
Finding Your Family History
Have you ever wondered where your family roots came from? Let's explore getting started researching your family history with an emphasis on German genealogy.
Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, is a librarian at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a part of her position at The Genealogy Center, Allison was a Co-Chair of the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference. She is also a Northeast Regional Co-Coordinator for the National History Day in Indiana. In addition to her employment activities, Allison is also on the board of the Indiana Genealogical Society and Indiana German Heritage Society.
9 Dec - Wilhelm Laut
As always, the programs are held at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis unless noted. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 19: What People Like About Hoosiers: Civic Engagement. Whether it’s Kurt Vonnegut, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, United States Senator Richard Lugar, or many others, there is a history of Hoosiers making things better for the next generation. As Vonnegut put it: “What people like about me is Indianapolis.” Join the discussion with historian William Selm and David Willkie, a former senior staff member to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee In Washington, D.C. under Senator Lugar. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Tickets: $12. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-people-like-about-hoosiers-civicengagement-tickets-85519883273
Saturday, February 22: Sütterlin workshop with Dr. Rachel Wheeler for those who want to learn to read the old script. Join the Max Kade Center for a history on the Sütterlin handwriting style, followed by a hands-on workshop. Bring your own documents to decipher or learn with samples brought by Dr. Wheeler. This event is free and open to all. The lecture will commence at 10 a.m and run through 10:45 a.m.; the workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a limited number of spaces available for the workshop, so registration is required. Limited parking vouchers will be available, and light refreshments will be provided. See https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/maxkade/pages/event-view-folder/ index.php for more information.
Friday, March 13, 2020: Reading Old German handwriting. Dr. Minert, retired professor of family history at Brigham Young University will be offering two sessions at the Flanner and Buchanan Meeting Room, 2950 N. High School Road, Indianapolis for those wishing to learn or improve their skill in reading old German handwriting. The beginner’s session will be 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and the advanced session will be 1:15 PM – 3:45 PM. Each session will be $25. Further details can be found at www.palam.org. Questions? Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Saturday, March 14, the Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America Spring Meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Liederkranz, 1417 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis. The presenter will be Roger Minert, retired professor of family history at Brigham Young University, who is one of the foremost experts on German genealogy. He will give four presentations: Surnames in German-language Regions of Europe, Civil Records in Germany, A Day in the Life of Your German Ancestor and Residential Registration in Germany. Registration fee is $25 for Pal-Am members and $35 for non-members. A registration form can be downloaded at www.palam.org. Questions? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 20-Saturday, March 21: Annual IGHS Meeting and Symposium at the historic Sherman House in Batesville. The topic for this year’s symposium is German/German-American Connection to Education. The meeting planners are now accepting proposals for presentations for the symposium. If you would be interested in offering a presentation, please contact Giles Hoyt at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 16– Friday, April 17: a screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s Design for Living with preeminent Weimar film scholar Dr. Richard McCormick. On Friday, Dr. McCormick will offer a presentation on about the eminent German-American film director Ernst Lubitsch. For more information, please check the Max Kade Center events page, https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/maxkade/pages/event-view-folder/ index.php