Friends of Guadalupe River/Honey Creek

 Sponsor Dramatic Narrative, At a River

“Dear Father! I take the quill, wondering whether my letter will find you alive or not…. We are here, in good health.  And now, dear Father and family, I will tell you about our dangerous and hard journey….”                  Early immigrant, Christian Friedrich Bergmann.

Ever wondered what life would have been like as an early German immigrant pioneer in the Hill Country…in an era where much of the terrain was natural, all local routes were unpaved, and transportation usually involved at least one mule or horse.  At the debut of At a River, a window will open into the 19th century experiences of an 1854 German immigrant, Christian Friedrich Bergmann, via “Readers Theater.”  In 1857 Mr. Bergmann and his family settled along the Guadalupe River on future Kendall County land; taking up the lifestyle of a farmer/rancher, Christian was prototypical.  What sets him apart…his original letters to his family back in Saxony were saved, translated and shared, and are the inspiration for this program*.  Mr. Bergmann’s words and insights have been crafted into a time-machine by Boerne resident, Donna Peacock author and former educator.  She designed and implemented a four-year Creative Writing Program at the North East School of the Arts, the first one in the country for high school students, and has presented writing workshops to both children and adults. Three well-respected San Antonio actors, Sam Carter Gilliam (an Equity Actor), Andrew Thornton and Sarah Fisch be giving voice to the Bergmanns… bringing the family to life.  Also lending his voice, Terry Slezak will sing traditional German songs.  He is
the regularly featured vocalist with the Boerne Village Band: the band continues a tradition now over 155 old – the oldest continuous German band in the world outside of Germany.  Several vintage set items will be on loan from the Agricultural Heritage Museum for the occasion. The Genealogical Society of Kendall County (GSKC) and the Patrick Heath Public Library are partners for this Symposium event as part of Family History Month.  * The original Bergmann letters (in German) are housed at the Patrick Heath Public Library and will be on display on October 29th. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Guadalupe River/Honey Creek, At a River it is free and open to the public. 

GSKC Symposium @ Patrick Heath Public Library

(In the Community Room)

On Saturday, October 29 @ 10:30 a.m.

Contact: Bryden Moon @ (830-336-3375)

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