Exhibit On German Immigrants To Open April 8

April 5, 2001

An exhibit that offers an overview of some of the major topics in German-Texan history will open Sunday, April 8, in Moody Memorial Library on the Baylor University campus. The exhibit will run through Thursday, April 12.

Using 11 display panels that showcase photos, letters and other documents, the exhibit will focus on three major topics which have a connection to the area Northwest Texas called the Llano Estacado. "German Seed in Texas Soil: Settling the Land" traces the evolution of German-Texas settlement through four colonizers connected to the Llano Estacado. "Principles and Persecutions: Surviving Difficult Times in Texas" explores some of the problems German-Texan settlers had with their Anglo-Texas neighbors. "Texas Seed in German Soul: The Powerful Myth of the West" examines the reports and letters from Texas that inspired mass migration from Germany. Special emphasis is given to the influential German writer Karl May, whose tales of the American West enthralled his readers.

After it leaves Waco, the exhibit will be on display at the Texas State Capital. In 2002, an expanded exhibit will tour various cities in Germany.

Information and materials for this exhibit are provided by Texas Tech University. Funding for the exhibit was made possible by a grant from the German government with matching funds from Texas Tech.

For more information, contact Dr. Ute Lahaie, assistant professor of German and director of the language acquisition center, at 710-6453.

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