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The Birthplace of Effingham County

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Winter 2018 Newsletter

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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 the Registrar

Debra Stafford Herrin

February has been a busy and exciting month. We approved 23 memberships at the February board meeting, after which I was handed more applications. Super Museum Sunday was also well attended, with one applicant paying for membership, while several others expressed interest in joining.

On the 17th of February, we gathered to hear Christine Koch share what she had discovered during her research of the Salzburgers. On behalf of the Society and the Board, I took joy in presenting Christine with a GSS Honorary Life Membership. During the ensuing reception, I received three more membership applications. I am always willing to assist anyone wanting to join the Society. Please feel free to contact me at (912)-657-5675 or by email at [email protected].

Speaker: Christine Marie Koch

The Georgia Salzburger Society was honored to welcome Christine Koch of Paderborn University in Halle (Saale), Germany as the Keynote Speaker at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on 17 Feb 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Having received her teaching degree in History and English in the United States, Chris-tine is currently a Doctoral Candidate in American Studies. She is from Salzkotten, a small town near the University. The name “Salzkotten” is derived from German language, meaning “salt and small village or assembly of houses”. There is a saline, as well as two water mills in Salzotten, along with many houses from the Middle Ages within the town limits. Christine notes that it is “just funny that this town and the city where I currently live in Halle; both have to do with salt and here I am working on the Salzburgers!

Christine spends much of her time studying in the archives of the Francke Foundation in Halle, preparing her Ph. D. Dissertation, which mainly consists of a longitudinal study on what became of the Georgia Salzburgers after the American Revolution, with special regard to what it means to be a Georgia Salzburger descendant, and their continued transatlantic connections.

Christine’s presentation will reflect on the current state of her research, to include insights from archival documents concerning Halle and Georgia, as well as a brief discussion on her most recent trip to Salzburg, Austria.