German Bohemian Heritage Society

The international German-Bohemian Heritage Society (GBHS), headquartered in New Ulm, MN, celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a banquet at the Country Club on October 18, 2014.? Over 100 members and guests were present, many wearing their homeland clothing (tracht).? The day began with a “Culture Corner” where families set up displays of photos, newspapers, and artifacts from the old country (die alte Heimat), and from the new homeland in the New Ulm area.? The formal program began with a welcome and presentation of GBHS’ new website (www.germanbohemianheritagesociety.com) by Molly Schweinfurter, President.? Louie Lindmeyer read a proclamation from Mayor Robert Beussman declaring October 18 as German-Bohemian Day in New Ulm.? Robert Paulson, the founder of BCHS, delivered his historical recollections of how it all began in 1984.? GBHS’ King (K?nig) Denis Warta led the assembly in a rousing chorus of the Bohemian Forest Song (B?hmerwald Lied) sung in the old Bohemian dialect.? Jerry Gulden proposed a heartwarming toast to German-Bohemians, past, present, and future.? Daniel Hoisington, historian and author, presented a preview of a forthcoming documentary video showing accounts of immigration from Europe to America from the memories of descendants of the pioneers who arrived here in the last half of the 19th century.The program was followed by a short business meeting with a year-in-review report and election of officers.? The evening was capped by two hours of socializing, dancing, and schunkeling (rocking and swaying together) to homeland-style music by Donnie Klossner on his concertina.