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Panel Exhibit

  1. German-Texans and the Llano Estacado Connection
  2. Hedwig's Hill House
  3. Anna Mebus Martin
  4. Henry Clay Smith
  5. Father Joseph Reisdorff
  6. Freidenker in Texas
  7. Persecution of German-Texan Catholics
  8. German-Texan Mennonites
  9. Karl May
  10. Shatterhand and Winnetou
  11. Germans and the American Quarter Horse

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Panel - Llano Estacado Connection

Panel - Hedwig's Hill House

Panel - Ann Mebus Martin

Panel - Henry Clay Smith

Panel - Father Joseph Reisdorff

Panel - Freidenker in Texas

Panel - Persecution of German-Texan Catholics

Panel - Mennonites

Panel - Karl May

Panel - Old Shatterhand & Vinnetou

Panel - German-Texans & The American Quarter Horse

Adobe Architecture

The Panel Exhibit surveys the amazing connection Germans and Germany have with the Llano Estacado. The panels chronicle the evolving relationship few would have imagined, and specifically describe Karl May's works and early German settlers who pioneered the Llano Estacado.

Dr. McClain at the ITB in Berlin

The panels have made a global touring run, visiting several noted locations in the United States and in Germany.

The Old West: German Fantasy & Texas Reality

Presentation & Ceremony
01-17-2003, Dallas

The Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Goethe Center hosted a humorous and informative lecture by Professor Meredith McClain of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, on Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at the Hall of State in Fair Park. More than 150 attendees in the audience enjoyed Dr. McClain's slides and stories of the early German pioneers in the Llano Estacado, which was later so accurately described by the world-famous German author, Karl May. Dr. McClain has been recognized by the German government for her research in the field of German immigration to Texas.

Dr. McClain at the Dallas Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pictured left to right: Thomas Mangartz, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate, Houston; Susan Eldredge, President-Elect, Dallas Historical Society; Professor McClain; Dr. Tillman Hein, President, Dallas Goethe Center

Following the lecture, she cut the ribbon on her traveling exhibit that tells the fascinating and comprehensive story of Germans in Texas. This exhibit will be on display at the Hall of State in Fair Park until May 1, 2003. Admission is free and the Hall of State is open from 9:00-5:00 Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00-5:00 on Sundays.

The Dallas Goethe Center is a non-profit organization that fosters mutual understanding between people of German speaking countries and those of the USA. This exhibit will be of enormous interest to those of German descent living in the Dallas area. For further information, please contact the Archives Director, Dallas Historical Society at 214-421-4500 x. 110.