Horsham West Primary School’s Lauren Matheson with some of the artwork students have created for the Wimmera German Fest. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRITaste of Germany awaitsSausage kings battle it outWIMMERA Regional Library Corporation will showcase the region’sGerman heritage through artefacts and maps on Saturday.
The corporation has co-ordinated a collection of cultural material in the past year to form a display at the Wimmera German Fest.
Festivalsteering committee member and library corporation chief executive Paula Clark said the display would include maps and family histories.
“We have some family histories in the collection at Horsham that have been done by many of the German descendants in the area,” she said.
“We have also got some artefacts –things like certificates and confirmation notices –to show.
“Two maps have been on display at Horsham Library –one of Germany, and the other of the Wimmera.
“We have asked people to pin where theirfamily came from in Germany and what part of our region they settled in.”
Ms Clark said about 50 families were recorded on the maps so far.“That only represents a tiny amount –there are many more people of German ancestry who moved to the area in the late 1880s,” she said.
“We hope that on the day of the festival, people will continue to help us plot these histories.
“We hope that each year of the festival, our collection and the cultural contributions will increase as people become more knowledgeable and in touch with their German heritage.”
Ms Clark said many of the people featured on the maps so far hailed from Murtoa and surrounds.
“There are also many people from the Katyil and Gerang Gerung areas,” she said.
The display will also feature contributions from Horsham West Primary School students.These will include posters with German words and English translations, and German numbers.
Ms Clark said the cultural display was something the corporation hoped to build on and celebrate each year.
Horsham Library also hosted a black forest cake workshop this week to promote the festival.
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