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Winter 2015 Newsletter Published

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in news

Click Here to download a pdf of the Winter 2015 Newsletter. The Landing Day meeting on March 14 begins another year of the Society. We will elect a set of officers and a new slate of board members. But most importantly it is our next opportunity to meet together for common fellowship, fulfilling the purpose of the society’s goals, honoring our ancestor’s intent in founding the society, learning more of our documented history, and worshiping together at Jerusalem. This will be the 281st celebration of landing at Ebenezer. Our program is on the status of Kennesaw student and staff projects. We are very fortunate to have access to distinguished people such as our speaker Dr. Sabine Smith and services of researchers Christine Koch and Joann Trodahl. Stay tuned as more information will follow on these endeavors as well as the translations of the Bergman Letters. This year provided very successful collaborations with the...

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2014 HERITAGE DAY POSTER CONTEST

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in news

2014 HERITAGE DAY POSTER CONTEST Congratulations to the following winners! Claire Thomas (4th grade Elementary) … 1st – $100.00 Caden Thomas (8th grade – Middle) … 1st – $200.00 McKaela Kramer (8th grade — Middle) … 2nd – $75.00 Macy Morgan (6th grade – Middle) … 3rd – $50.00 Alena Kramer (10th grade – High) … 1st – $300.00 Mallory Morgan (9th grade – High) …2nd – $100.00 Courtney Purcell (College – Senior) … 1st – $400.00 Claudia Christiansen (Adult) …1st – $200.00 Libby Heidt (Sr. Adult) … 1st – $200.00 Per entry form, judging is on Creativity, Originality, Educational value, Historical accuracy and...

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2014 Heritage Day Events Succesful

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in events, news

This year’s Heritage Day events included celebrating the 280 th anniversary of our landing in Georgia at 11:00 AM in the Jerusalem church sanctuary.  The speaker this year was Dr. Thomas Mueller-Bahlke, (currently working on the letters of Johann Ernst Bergmann, the last pastor to Ebenezer from Germany). We also had Euchee (Yuchi) Indians present and many entrants in the Poster Contest. The Market Platz and Museum were enjoyed by many, along with the Loest Research Library that was open for viewing. We had a Membership tent located next to the museum for sign-in before the meeting and a table to help those wishing to join the GSS with their application. Membership dues were also collected at that time from those wishing to pay their outstanding 2014 dues. Various activities for the children were available, as usual on the...

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Exploring GSS Heritage

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in news

On Labor Day 2014, GSS members and visitors were able to view the newly installed Ebenezer tour signs.  Those with Smart phones enjoyed trying out the QR code innovation on each location. If you haven’t seen the visitebenezer.com site yet, please be sure to look at it soon and  leave a greeting in the comment section or peek at the Facebook page,facebook.com/visitebenezer.  The three Germanic societies’ members in the Savannah area, The German Friendly, the German Heritage, and the Georgia Salzburger Society met in Savannah’s City Hall, October 2, 2014 to accept a framed copy of a proclamation from Mayor Edna Jackson of Savannah, declaring October 6, 2014 to be German-American Day in Savannah. Monday, October 6, 2014, the three Germanic societies in the Savannah area, (The German Friendly, the German Heritage, and the Georgia Salzburger Society) assembled in Orleans Square in Savannah to celebrate pride in...

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Proclamation recognizing October 6th, 2014 as “German-American Day”

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in events, featured, news

Bill Mintz, representing the German Friendly Society (Blue Shirt), David Mason , representing the German Heritage Society (Tan Coat), Dr. James Anderson, of Armstrong college, representing the Greater Savannah International Alliance (Dark Coat), Claudia Christiansen, representing the Georgia Salzburger Society, Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague, representing the Mayor and city council. At the meeting of the Savannah Mayor and Alderman on October 2, 2014, alderman Mary Ellen Sorague, representing Mayor Edna Jackson, read a proclamation recognizing October 6th, 2014 as “German-American Day”. We were presented a framed copy of the proclamation.as seen in the photos. // Post by Visit...

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