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Title:Art and Memory in a Time of Upheaval: German Texans, 1859-1866
Date:10/18/2020 (Sunday)
Address:Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St
Location:Austin, TX
Hours:2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost/Cover:See details below.
Web Page:https://www.nchmuseum.org/nchm-events/mt-german-art-and-memo ...
Contact Info:512-478-2335
Details:Our Modern Times lecture series returns! We are happy to welcome Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe for this talk on the conflicts German Texans faced during the Civil War.

Germans in Texas found themselves in a state seceding from the country to which they had emigrated over an issue – slavery – about which they were deeply uncomfortable. This talk will focus on Germans in the Hill Country and San Antonio. The most notorious incident involving German Texans in the Civil War was what has been known either as the Battle of the Nueces or the Nueces Massacre. Men from Comfort and Fredericksburg attempting to leave Texas for Mexico were attacked, and many killed. This talk will focus not on the massacre itself, but its memorial in Comfort – the Treue der Union monument – and to a folk painting done as a memorial 26 years after the incident.

But Germans who did not attempt to flee to Mexico also had to deal with life in the Confederacy. For some – like portrait painter Louise Wüste – the war led to a dramatic drop-off in commissions. (One of her patrons from just before the war, Hamilton P. Bee, became a Civil War general.) For another – Carl von Iwonski – it seems to have led to one of his most well-known paintings, The Terry Rangers. For yet another, Hermann Lungkwitz, it led to his great series of Texas landscape paintings: Hill Country Landscape and many views of Enchanted Rock. And in the aftermath of the war Lungkwitz painted Swenson’s Ruin, which was a rumination about an Austin loyalist whose Texas dreams ended with the Civil War.

Attendees may either choose to attend the lecture remotely or in person. In-person attendees will be appropriately spread out on our lawn and will be asked to wear masks at all times on the museum property. The Neill-Cochran House Museum is happy to provide free parking for our guests. For more information, please visit us at https://www.nchmuseum.org/nchm-events/mt-german-art-and-memory.
Event is:One Day Only
Audience:All Welcome
Category:Special Events
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