Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth 76107
Dinner: 6 PM Program: 7PM
Dinner Menu: Chicken Breast with King Ranch Sauce, Roasted Vegetables, Cilantro Lime Rice, Southwest Salad and Desserts – $20 per person – RSVP to email@example.com or call or text 817-307-9263.
Unfortunately, our winner of the 2023 Pate Award, Dr. William Shea, is not able to attend our January 9th meeting. He has been ill and is not able to travel. But we are very fortunate to have a substitute program. Dr. Walter Kamphoefner of Texas A & M will be talking on the “Germans in Texas; Dissenters or Conformists?”
Dr. Kamphoefner is widely recognized as a leading expert in German immigration history. Many Germans immigrated to Texas in the 1840’s and 1850’s. They came to for the abundant farming land and the freedom from German government dominance. They established successful communities like Fredericksburg, Boerne, and New Braunfels. Then the Civil War came. They had very little in common with the rest of Texas. Not only did they speak a different language, they also had a much different view of the War. They were considered strangers in a strange land. What did they do? Dr. Kamphoefner will answer this question in his presentation. Don’t miss it!
Walter D. Kamphoefner earned his Ph.D. at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 and arrived in 1988 at TAMU, where he is now Professor of History. He teaches in the field of immigration history and the U.S. Civil War. He spent three yearlong guest professorships at German universities, two on Fulbright lectureships, and served as President of the Society for German-American Studies, 2015-17. He has published widely in the field of immigration and ethnicity, with articles in four languages and three books out in both German and English versions. His latest co-edited work is Preserving German Texan Identity: Reminiscences of William A. Trenckmann, 1859-1935 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2018). His latest book, Germans in America: A Concise History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), surveys the sweep of the German American experience over more than 300 years.