New exhibits now at Vereins Kirche
Persons interested in Fredericksburg’s founding and the significance of the iconic Vereins Kirche now have the opportunity to learn from two exhibits at the “coffee mill” building on Marktplatz.
Using dozens of photos and artifacts from the Pioneer Museum, these exhibits were created by Curator Lacey LeBleu.
One highlights the Adelsverein and early German immigration to Texas. The story began in 1831 when the first German family arrived in Austin’s Colony near present-day Industry, Texas. The Friedrich Ernst family was the first to be recorded as emigrating from Germany to the Mexican state of Texas. Letters by Ernst written to a friend in Germany sparked the interest in German immigration to Texas.
The exhibit continues with the creation of the Adelsverein or Nobility Society, the organization responsible for the largest sponsored German immigration to Texas in the mid-19th century. It includes biographies of Adelsverein leaders in Texas, such as Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and John O. Meusebach.
The exhibit also vividly describes the problems faced by these early German immigrants and the hardships of the journey from Europe to Texas in 1845, and the extended struggle in finding passage inland to Fredericksburg from the coastal town of Indianola.
“I’ve intended the exhibit to demonstrate the heroic nature of the first pioneers. We often forget how much and how often they overcame to hammer out this place in the heart of the frontier,” LeBleu said.
This exhibit is scheduled to be on display through December.
The second exhibit is the “History of the Vereins Kirche,” featuring photos and descriptions of the original Vereins Kirche with an emphasis on the architecture and the various uses the building had in the 50 years it existed.
The information on display comes largely from an article written by Esther Mueller shortly after the opening of the replica. The current Vereins Kirche is a 1935 replica of that original and was first used as a library and museum.
This exhibit will run through March 4 and will return June 1 through Aug. 5.
Admission to the Vereins Kirche is by donation.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.