The board of directors of the St. Lucas Historical Society regret to announce, after much deliberation and thought, the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Workshop on Preserving and Celebrating German Cultural Heritages in the Midwest. The workshop was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
This action is being taken in consideration of everyone’s health and safety during this period of the COVID 19 virus and possible re-occurrences, and the many uncertainties of planning and holding a large public meeting in mid-June.
- The Society invited speakers from these organizations to participate:
- the German language and culture department, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN;
- the German language and history program, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;
- the Amana Colonies Heritage Society, Amana, IA;
- the Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, KS;
- the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, Belgium, WI;
- the TRACES Center for History and Culture, Mason City, IA;
- the history department, Erfurt University, Erfurt, Germany;
- the German American Institute, St. Paul, MN;
- the German American Heritage Center and Museum, Davenport, IA;
- the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, NE;
- the Max Kade Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI;
- the Kolona Historical Society, Kolona, IA;
- the Mennonite Historical Society of Iowa, Kolona, IA;
- the Old Order Amish Community, Elgin, IA;
- the Scenic View Mennonite Church, Hawkeye, IA; and
- the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum, Winona, MN.
Carl Most, the secretary of the Society, states “Many of these speakers had already accepted the invitation to participate in the Workshop. The Society also had scheduled three speakers on family history and genealogy from German lands and an awesome display of the TRACES mobile museum with exhibits of German American historic themes, and ironically a display on the 1918 flu pandemic”.
The president of the Society, Clair Blong states, “The next annual Workshop is scheduled for June 23, 2021, and will focus on this same theme of preserving and celebrating German cultural heritage. It will also highlight the importance of these German cultural and historical organizations, groups, and museums in the Midwest cultural mosaic”.
The 2020 Workshop will focus on "Preserving and Celebrating German Cultural Heritages in the Midwest".
The Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Please mark your calendar now.
The German heritage and language groups include those from Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, South Tirol (Italy), Austria, Switzerland, Alsace (France), Czechoslovakia and Russia. We intend to invite a number of established historical and culturally-focused German heritage groups In Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Kansas and Missouri to participate. These organizations of the historically German-speaking areas of Europe are represented in the Midwest.
St. Lucas residents were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday, June 20th with the large stream of cars poured into this small town for the workshop. Over 175 persons from far and wide came to participate in this all-day workshop. Even in late afternoon 55 history minded persons partook in the field trip to 4 historic Winnebago (now the Ho-Chunk Nation) Subagency sites near the Turkey River just Northeast of St. Lucas.