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German Settlers Remembered in Texas

By Linda Tancs

The Pioneer Museum of Fredericksburg, Texas is a memorial to the early German settlers in the Texas Hill Country.  A focal point of the area’s heritage is The Vereins Kirche, an extension of the museum located at Marktplatz.  Built soon after the arrival of the first German settlers (and since rebuilt after its destruction in 1896), it was the first public building in the town and served as a town hall, school, fort, and a church for all denominations.   The Gillespie County Historical Society/Pioneer Museum announced a fund raising campaign of $75,000 for its Diamond Anniversary Year.  By year end every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar by two challenge grants from the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and Kathryn Harrison.

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