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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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Spring-Summer 2017 Newsletter

Posted on Aug 6, 2017 in featured, news

Click here to download the full newsletter Rev.Dr. Kirk Bridgers to speak on 500 years of the reformation and its impact upon the Salzburgers. The Georgia Salzburger Society is honored to welcome Rev. Dr. Kirk Bridgers as our featured speaker for the Heritage Day Program on Labor Day, September 4, 2017. A graduate of Newberry College and the Southern Seminary, Rev. Bridgers is a direct descendant of Georgia Salzburgers, Matthias Seckinger and Casper Waldhauer. He is a valued member of the Georgia Salzburger Society and Past President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of GSS. Georgia Salzburger Society’s 2016 Heritage Trip This article is to tell you about the most wonderful and moving trip to the Francke Foundations celebration from March 24-26, 2017. I represented the GSS for this celebration. This is part of a series of events during the...

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Winter Newsletter

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in news

          Click here to view or download a pdf of the Winter 2017 – January Newsletter Greetings to all, I hope this newsletter finds you in great health after the holidays (one small talent passed on by our ancestors is fantastic baking skills: pies, cakes/fruitcake, raisin breads, etc., plus sausage making but we seem to be missing a brewery). My thanks to all of you that supported the society by both gifts of resources, time and your talent this past year. The gifts to the main museum HVAC system and dehumidifier for the Loest Library are foundational and very much appreciated. Next up in priority are gifts for refurbishing the foundation to the Salzburger Haus. I also wish to mention we are a 501c3 organization and your gifts are tax deductible, plus you can leave...

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