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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Texas German Heritage Day

12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Free Second Sunday - Explore German heritage and culture in Texas.

Free Second Sunday:
Explore German heritage and culture in Texas through engaging family presentations, activities and more. The day will include a presentation on the historical importance of baseball to the German communities of Texas.

Partner organizations for the event include the Randolph Roadrunners Volkssport Club, San Antonio Conservation Society, Wendish Heritage Museum of Serbin, Local Castroville historian Bradford Boehme, and the Pioneer Museum of Fredericksburg. Each group will bring photos, artifacts and stories specific to their German communities.
At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. museum researcher Greg Garrett will continue the museum’s annual spring baseball speaker series with "From Deutsche Ballspiel to the Hill Country of Texas: Baseball and its German Connection." He will discuss the German ball-and-stick game of the 18th century and the evolution to the "baseball craze" growing in German Texas communities by the 20th century. He will discuss the importance of the game to rural German farming communities, then conclude with insight to the German baseball team that played while interned at Crystal City, from 1942-47, and his conversation with one of two survivors, Eberhardt ‘Eb’ Fuhr of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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