The PRG meets the first Saturday of each month at
1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul, MN 55075
from 1:30 to 4:00pm
The Purpose of the PRG is to:
* stimulate interest in the genealogy and history of Pommern
* collect, preserve and publish genealogical and historical information
* collect materials about Pommern
* provide a forum to share research methods and information
* to further the research of our Pommern ancestors
PROPOSED MEETINGS IN 2013 (all meetings are at the Minnesota Genealogical Society in South Saint Paul, unless stated otherwise).
Social time 1 pm. Meeting at 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Jan. 5 - An interesting look at manor homes in Pommern from our vast collection of photos. Paul will talk about manor life in Pommern and show before and after photos of homes from simple farm houses up to the castles and palaces. Rare interior and farmyard views, building history and the nobility that built them.
Feb. 2 - "Research Your Heart in Pommern" There is an abundance of Pommern resources available including maps, magazines, newspapers and a wide variety of books. DVD's of previous meetings will be on sale for $2.
March 2 - Tourists today enjoy visiting the beautiful old town of Würzburg, located on the Main River in Northern Bavaria. The first cathedral was consecrated in 788 by Charlemagne. The University of Würzburg was founded in 1402, making it one of the oldest in Germany. The palace, called the Würzburg Residence, with its beautiful Hall of Mirrors was begun in 1720. In 1940, about 108,000 people lived in Würzburg, but in the next 5 years about 25,000 men left for war service. Near the war's end in 1945 the city had been relatively undamaged. But the British considered that because of the half-timber buildings in the cramped old city, it was an excellent candidate for a firestorm. On the evening of March 16, air raid sirens sounded at 9:07. At 9:25, the first of 225 planes dropped its bombs. The bombing proceeded in three waves from 21:25 to 21:42. First the roofs and windows of the old town were destroyed with 256 heavy bombs and arial mines (396 tons). This prepared the way for 300,000 incendiary bombs (582 tons). Within a very short time isolated pockets of fire emerged, and this developed into a single area-wide firestorm with temperatures from 1500-2000°C. In 17 minutes about 90 % of the city was destroyed - 21,062 homes and 35 churches. 5,000 people died. Our speaker for the March 2nd meeting, Liz von Berrinberg, lived through this and she will share her story of survival.
Liz has written this story and her book will soon be available.
April 6 - The translation meeting - We will also give a talk on website help and computer help.
May 4 - Author Wolfgang Samuel will talk about his books "German Boy," and "Coming to Colorado."
June 1 - Teutonic Knights Castles in Pomerania DVD and recent photos.
July 6 - Nathan Matula will talk about DNA and genealogy.
August 3 - Bob Rowe will talk about the Find-a-Grave program.
September 7 - "The Wall" by Margie Deutsch
October 5 - Prussian Military uniforms pre-WWI, bring any uniform photos that you have.
November 2 - Joint meeting with the Polish.
December 7 - Christmas Celebration
Note: If you wish to work on writing your family history in story form, contact Ruth Mammenga at firstname.lastname@example.org
MGS Library 1185 Concord Street N. Room 218, South St. Paul 55075
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