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German Heritage Day

Aug. 15, 2015

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Day Classrooms, History Center

German heritage is the highest percentage of national heritage among Hoosiers both historically and today: between 20 and 42 percent of Indiana residents have German ancestry. Join us as we explore this important heritage.

John Herbst, president and CEO of IHS, presents an illustrated talk on his ongoing research project to explore his family's German background and then emigration from Germany in 1884. He will share the various sources and methods he used to authenticate the oral history that started his interest in family history and his investigative research which will include another trip to Germany this fall. 

We will then discuss various aspects of German heritage in Indiana and how social views of German heritage changed during World War I as the program moves to the Athenaeum. (Transportation on your own.) The Athenaeum was built in 1893 as a "'house of culture for the mind and body" by German immigrants. The program includes a tour of the Athenaeum with a docent who will teach the group about the history of the structure and its uses.  

$12; members $10. Includes free History Center parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. If you wish to dine on your own, the Rathskeller, located in the Athenaeum, is open for lunch until 2 p.m. 

This class is eligible for 3 general LEUs.

Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

Presented in partnership with The Athenaeum Foundation and Palatines to America

Door Prize from Ancestry! AncestryDNA
The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe, a book from the Basile History Market

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