Lincoln Presidential Library marks German-American Day Oct. 6
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[September 28, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate national
German-American Day on Oct. 6 with presentations on German settlers
in Illinois, the work of noted architect Walter Netsch and more.
Civil War letters and diaries by German-American soldiers will be on
display, as will pictures by Springfield photographers A.W.
Kessberger and Victor Georg.
The free event runs 1-3 p.m. in the
Lincoln Presidential Library's Multi-Purpose Room. To
reserve a seat, visit
www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on "Special
event tickets and reservations," or call 217-558-8934.
German-American Day commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German
families landed in Philadelphia. They went on to found Germantown,
Pa., the first German settlement in the original 13 American
Speakers at the Lincoln Presidential
Library's event include:
Wolf Fuhrig, past
president of the Springfield chapter of DANK, the German
American National Congress, discussing Illinois Lt. Gov. Gustav
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Hart speaking on German settlers.
director of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and
Anthony Rubano, of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,
teaming up to discuss Walter Netsch, who designed the Air Force
Academy Cadet Chapel, among many other buildings.
The event will also feature music by the Old State Capitol
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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