Upcoming events and calendar
INDIANA GERMAN HERITAGE SOCIETY CALENDAR
STAMMTISCH AND PROGRAMS - Check back for updates!
We meet the second Wednesday of every month for a virtual program. Please register in advance!
2022 Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, January 12: No Meeting or Stammtisch.
Wednesday, February 9: The German Freethinkers of Indianapolis, presented by public historian Justin Clark, the director of Digital Initiatives at the Indiana Historical Bureau.
The Freidenker Verein, with Clemens Vonnegut as its ringleader, had a secular worldview inspired by the Enlightenment and fueled by the failed 1848/49 Revolution. This 19th century organization became the "church" for the more radical German immigrants.
Wednesday, March 9: Das Deutsche Haus as Reported in Indiana Tribune. IUPUI Interior Design student Abbie Koster repeats her presentation from September before she graduates with Honors from IUPUI.
Thanks to the Hoosier Chronicles project of the Indiana State Library, digitized historical Indiana newspapers can be searched, even the Fraktur-font Tribune. The paper eagerly reported on the news of the planning and building of the monumental Das Deutsche Haus in the 1890s.
Wednesday, April 13: Germans in Huntsville (AL): Rocket City, USA. IGHS Board Director Marcia Gascho will explain this post-war phenom with Indiana connections.
After the Second World War, Huntsville, AL suddenly had a lively German community of intellectuals. The German colonists were there as a result of the U.S. War Department's Operation Paperclip. This operation recruited Wernher von Braun and a large number of his team who had successfully developed the world's first super sonic rocket, the V-2, in the last phases of the war. The colony in Alabama became the core of NASA and led to the U.S. winning the space race with Man on the Moon in 1969 as President promised in 1961.
Wednesday, May 11: Historic Indianapolis German Churches, presented by IGHS member Lee Little will present his German findings from his new book, Circle City Steeples. He is a librarian at the IU McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis.
Historic churches are scattered throughout Downtown and in neighborhoods, and churches of German congregations are no exceptions. These religious, cultural, and ethnic land- marks represent Catholics, Lutherans, E-UBs, and Reformed communities that built them.
Wednesday, June 8: The Sad End of Madge Oberholzer. IGHS member, Charlotte Flick, authoress of Madge: The Life and Times of Madge Oberholtzer (2021), will explore the German background of Madge.
The death of Irvington-resident Madge Oberholtzer in 1925 was sensational as it brought the end of the power of the man, who proclaimed, "I am the law in Indiana."
Wednesday, August 10: Celebrate the Centenary of the Indianapolis Liederkranz with their 2022 Liederkranz German Band Concert. Location and details to be announced later.
Wednesday, September 14: "Cross-Cultural Learning Abroad: Lessons from Germany and Austria” After a two-year hiatus, Indiana high school students were finally able to participate again in study abroad programs in a German-speaking country. IGHS provides scholarships annually to students on programs such as the I.U. Honors Program in Graz, Austria, a 6-week immersion and homestay experience, and the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), a 3-week high school exchange program. Several of the participants will talk about their adventures abroad this summer and the lessons learned for their future academic career and personal goals.
Wednesday, October 12: Historic Indianapolis German Churches, presented by IGHS member Lee Little will present his German findings from his new book, Circle City Steeples. He is a librarian at the IU McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis. Historic churches are scattered throughout Downtown and in neighborhoods, and churches of German congregations are no exceptions. These religious, cultural, and ethnic landmarks represent Catholics, Lutherans, E-UBs, and Reformed communities that built them.
Wednesday, November 9: Why We Celebrate 100 Years of Kurt Vonnegut presented by Julia Whitehead, foundress and CEO of Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library. This presentation will be at the KVML, 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis.
Thursday, December 15: Weihnachtsliederkranz und Christbaumschmuckaustausch (The Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along and gift exchange). Join IGHS for an evening of song and fellowship at the Stammtisch. returns as IGHS members and guests sing the best-loved Christmas songs. Bring a wrapped Christmas tree ornament ($5-10 value) and go home with a different one in the exchange. This event is In-person only.
All Stammtisch programs are presented in English, are free of charge, open to the everyone, Programs begin at 7:30 PM. Please register in advance for each Zoom session, or just join us in person.
Registration is required for all Zoom events. Use the links above to register in advance for each program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
February 12: Indiana Association of Students of German 2022 Staatskongress at Ball State University. This year's theme is: 2022: die Zeit der Traditionen, Feste und Feiertage. We will be in the Student Center and Teachers College.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES. The 2022 early registration fees are: Students $24; Chaperone $15 (includes luncheon); Teachers $15 (includes luncheon).
For for information or to register, visit our web- site at http://iasg.aatg.org.
April 15: German Language Good Friday Service, 10 a.m., at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, 603 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis. If you cannot make it in person, a virtual option will be available at https://www.facebook.com/ZionEvangelicalUCC.
May 7 and May 14: The Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America spring meeting. For further details and a registration form see https://inpalam.org
September 24, 2022: The Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America Zoom Meeting, titled “Exploring Your German Ancestor in Indiana.” The morning speakers, including Dr. Giles Hoyt, William Selm, Allison DePrey Singleton, and Jacob Eubanks will provide historical background regarding German settlement of our state and the role and influence Germans had on the development and culture within Indiana. The afternoon sessions will be devoted to genealogy and some of the resources available for researching your ancestors. For further details and registration information, see: https://inpalam.org