History

The Magic of Schwäbisch Gmünd

Explore the land of crusader kings, Catholic defiance, gold and silver. By Peter Vogt It was 29 September of the year 1168, and much of the small southwest German town of Gmünd (named for the confluence of the Rems with tributary streams) lined the muddy... Read More...

Karl Marx at 200

Looking back at the man who contemplated the root causes of poverty and how class struggle shapes societies. By Robert A. Selig Social historians often characterize the 18th century as the age of poor people, beggars and petty criminals, nevertheless, th... Read More...

Swiss National Day in New Glarus, Wisconsin

Colorful trachten, flag throwing, alpenhorns and choirs converge to celebrate in “America’s Little Switzerland.” By Don Heimburger It’s a day Swiss-Americans look forward to all year. It’s always a day of food, fun, singing and dancing, and also a solemn... Read More...

Hartford Sängerbund—Celebrating 160 Years!

By Mark Jahne Photographs courtesy Mark Jahne The Hartford (Connecticut) Sängerbund is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, highlighted by a concert and dinner scheduled for Saturday, June 9. Singers past and present will perform at 4 p.m. at the S... Read More...

Rocket Man—Wernher von Braun

One man’s knowledge and desire helped the United States open a doorway to space. By Peter Vogt   The rise of Nazi Germany and its subsequent defeat caused two different German brain drains, the first one in the early 1930s and the second soon aft... Read More...

Australia’s Historic Hermannsburg Mission

Lutheran missionaries settled in the far reaches of central Australia where daily life was a challenge and they left a lasting legacy. By Maggie Kielpinski / Photographs courtesy Maggie Kielpinski   I was watching the landscape as we drove into t... Read More...
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