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SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in news

  SpringNewsletter 2019 WB The annual Landing Day celebration is an important part of Salzburger History. Among the many reasons of importance, we recognize this opportunity to praise God for the unending plans and blessings He has granted throughout the years. From the very beginning of the Salzburgers’ exile and settlement in Georgia, the Salzburgers have taken time for worship and praise to God. Landing Day at Ebenezer is our reminder to stop and set aside some time to remember, to honor and to appreciate those who have built the beginnings of our Georgia Salzburger heritage that we know today. The first Annual Meeting of the Georgia Salzburger Society was held on March 12th, 1926 (March 12th, being the Anniversary of the arrival in 1734 of the Salzburgers in Georgia). The meeting was held at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran...

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Winter Newsletter 2018

Posted on Feb 9, 2019 in news

President’s Message: Winter Newsletter 2019 publisher pdf GSS BEGINNING 285 YEARS OF SALZBURGERS IN GEORGIA Landing Day on March 9, 2019 begins the celebration of the 285th Anniversary of the arrival of the first transport of Salzburgers to Georgia and there is much to celebrate. Looking back, 2018 was a very active year for the Georgia Salzburger Society. Beginning in February, GSS had the distinction of enjoying a presentation by Christine Koch, a prolific researcher of all things GA Salzburger. In February, she came to Ebenezer and shared information from her work in progress for her thesis project, “The GA Salzburgers after Ebenezer”. On that same occasion, the descendants of the Third Salzburger Transport were recognized and presented with a small poster of the Transport list of names of families traveling together and arriving in GA on February 17,...

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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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