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Museum Barberini – Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Museum Barberini – Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Wibke Carter It has been over 250 years since Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, erected the Palais Barberini after the model of a Roman palace. Now, the building at the Alter Markt (Old Market) in Potsdam draws attention once more as philanthropist Hasso Plattner brings world-class art to Potsdam. To read more subscribe […]

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The Wolves of Germany

The Wolves of Germany

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hunted to extinction in the 1800s, Germany’s wolves are making a comeback. By Crispin Andrews   It’s true. The wolf is back in Germany. But before everyone starts throwing away their little red caps and looking up the phone number for the local woodcutter, it might be worthwhile to consider that the animals running around […]

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St. Gallen—A Swiss Treasure

St. Gallen—A Swiss Treasure

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

From a monk’s hermit cell to UNESCO World Heritage site, the St. Gallen’s Abbey Library fascinates on many levels. By Phyllis Meras Today, 400 manuscripts that were written there more than 1,000 years ago and 170,000 books dating from the 15th to the 21st century are kept in a Baroque building that is 300 years […]

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31 October 2017: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Denouncement of the Sale of Indulgences

31 October 2017: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Denouncement of the Sale of Indulgences

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

His public actions challenged the Catholic Church and started the movement that became the Protestant Reformation. By Robert A. Selig On 31 October 2017, millions of Lutherans the world over will commemorate, others will celebrate and some will just remember an event that may, or may not, have happened exactly 500 years earlier. To read […]

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Historic Railroad Lecture at Old Economy Village

Historic Railroad Lecture at Old Economy Village

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Old Economy Village in Ambridge will have an historic railroad lecture in the Granary building (near 14th and Church Streets inside the Village) on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. David Aitken will talk on “The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad”.  Conceived by farmers and merchants, the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad was in […]

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German-Americans and World War I Symposium

German-Americans and World War I Symposium

| March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cincinnati. The German-American experience of World War I will be examined at a symposium sponsored by the Indiana German Heritage Society (IGHS), and hosted by the German-American Citizens League (GACL) on March 17-18.     The symposium begins on Friday, March 17th with a dinner program at Mecklenburg Gardens, and continues on Saturday, March 18th […]

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Luther Exhibit in Northfield, Minnesota

Luther Exhibit in Northfield, Minnesota

| February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Luther in Mansfeld Exhibit Northfield, Minnesota March 30-April  2, 2017  An exhibit on the life of Martin Luther will be featured at the forthcoming Euro-Atlantic Conference: The Legacy of 1848 Through Today, in Northfield, Minnesota. The exhibit will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church during the conference, from March 30 through April 2, 2017. The […]

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Mythical Moments in the Harz Mountains

Mythical Moments in the Harz Mountains

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

From Walpurgisnacht on the Brocken to the half-timbered charms of Wernigerode and Goslar, a visit to the Harz Mountains won’t disappoint. By Wibke Carter • Photographs courtesy Wibke Carter For centuries, the Harz has been a mythical and much feared mountain range in central Germany. Residents in the surrounding villages and towns believed that demons and […]

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Alfred Lothar Wegener— Germany’s Polar Explorer and Mover of Continents

Alfred Lothar Wegener— Germany’s Polar Explorer and Mover of Continents

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

From Pangea to plate tectonics, his out-of-the-box thinking set the foundation for a new line of thought on the Earth’s geology. By Peter Vogt On 6 January, 1912, an athletic young Berliner with piercing blue-gray eyes got up for his turn to lecture the German Geological Society meeting in Frankfurt. It was Dr. Alfred Wegener […]

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Making Violins in Switzerland

Making Violins in Switzerland

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The wood. The history. The craft. Creating violin makers in Brienz, Switzerland. By Marilyn Heimburger The beautiful lakeside town of Brienz, Switzerland has long been known for its woodcarving tradition. The forests surrounding Lake Brienz have for centuries provided the raw materials with which Switzerland’s only wood carving school, founded in Brienz in 1884, continues […]

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