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Super Museum Sunday 2019

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 in news

The GSS Museum will participate once again in The Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday. Last year we saw an increase in attendance touring Ebenezer on a Super Museum Sunday because we featured heirloom and vintage quilts on display throughout the buildings including Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, the old Salzburger House, and the Parsonage. You have probably visited the GSS museum before, but on 2/10/19 we plan to feature another one-of-a- kind collection in buildings throughout the grounds. Discussions and plans are in process for an exhibition of clothing from the GSS collections. Right now there are lots of things that are usually not out where the fabulous, intricate details or wonderful simplicity of historical era clothing can be seen daily. So Super Museum Sunday will be the opportunity to really see and appreciate some things from the GSS...

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Fall Newletter 2018

Posted on Nov 24, 2018 in news

  The Salzburger Heritage Day Festival on Labor Day was a wonderful event this year. There were so many activities for the young and old. The family tents were a great way to meet and greet new relatives and share stories. The lemonade was awesome and taste so good and was free, “what a deal”. The church service and Margaret Waters who spoke on DNA as a tool for genealogy research, was a special highlight of the festival. Later in the day she held a workshop for persons interested in more in-depth aspects of DNA. The church service is always at 11:00 AM. So make a note for this to be your #1 thing to do next year. The old Salzburger farm house is worth taking a tour of, along with seeing the fabulous prints of the Salzburger exile...

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President’s Message Fall 2018

Posted on Nov 24, 2018 in news

President’s Message The GSS is making great strides toward positive directions and as the new president of GSS, I am thankful  for this opportunity to help lead our membership forward in achieving the Goals of the GA Salzburger Society. I appreciate the responsibility recently entrusted to me as president and I am working to the best of my abilities to help ensure that the GSS remains visible and relevant into the future. The most recent opportunity for visibility and relevance was the Salzburger MarketPlatz style booth set up at the German American Day Festival on September 29th in Savannah, GA. We had an impressive group of Salzburgers participating. Debra Herrin had the membership applications and “Red Books” there for interested attendees….and yes, a few people did join that day and others took home the applications to complete. See more...

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Posted on Jul 16, 2018 in featured, news

Download the full newsletter here.   March 12, 2018 marked the 284th anniversary (1734) of the landing of 37 Protestant families in Savannah, Georgia following their expulsion from Salzburg, Austria, by Prince-Archbishop Firmian. These Salzburgers, who finally settled 25 miles upstream in New Ebenezer, Georgia, are the progenitors of the oldest Austrian community on American soil. In anticipation of this important anniversary, the Director of the Austrian Embassy’s Press and Information Service, Thorsten Eisingerich, visited the Georgia Salzburger Museum, as well as the neighboring Jerusalem Lutheran Church in New Ebenezer (the oldest standing structure in Georgia) for a late-night viewing on Sunday, 25 Feb 2018, thanks to Museum Curator Patsy Zeigler. Calendar of Events for Rest of 2018 1 Aug 2018 Summer Newsletter Out 11 Aug /1-3 Board of Directors Mtg 1 Sep/3-5 Loest Library Open 2 Sep/3-5 Loest...

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in featured, news

Download the full newsletter here. Landing Day 2018 The speaker this year is a Salzburger member, Steve Burke (left, in Redcoat Uniform, with Lee Smith). His research on the American Revolution in Georgia is extensive and the topic for his presentation will be “Life at Ebenezer during the British Occupation of the Town.” He will be assisted by Dess and Wilder Smith, as well as Lee Smith, all of whom are members and reenactors for Sons of the American Revolu-tion. They plan to describe the effects of the Revolutionary War on dai-ly living in Ebenezer and how after-effects of the war changed this com-munity, both economically and socially. The Effingham County High School Junior ROTC Color Guard and Corps of Cadets will conduct a formal Retreat as part of our Opening Ceremony this year, commencing at 1145. Note from...

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in featured, news

Click here to download the full newsletter   THE PRESIDENT’S REPORT If you missed our 2017 Heritage Day Celebration you missed a Grand Event. VP Claudia Christensen and her crew did a fantastic job creating the Event. Only positive comments were given by those present. The hit of the activities was the demonstration by the Revolutionary War Reenactors. They had the youth and many adults marching around shouldering muskets and then demonstrating musket–firing during a mock battle. Many youths were repeat customers. It has been strongly requested that they be invited to return. The Church was nearly full for the Service Program. Thanks to Reverend Plonk for leading an inspiring service. Then, Reverend Bridgers presented an excellent program on the Reformation and its Impact on Salzburgers over the 500t years since the Reformation. He tied all parts together well....

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