An Immigrant Story: German Migration to Texas
In the mid 19th century, there was a great influx of German Immigration to Texas. This was in large part due to the formation of the “Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas,” or The Society for the Protection of German Immigrants to Texas, in 1842. The general purpose of the Society was to secure land for German peoples, facilitate their emigration, and provide for their welfare. Thousands immigrated to Texas, particularly from 1845 to 1847 up until the dissolving of the Society in 1953 when they sold all of their colonization rights to Texas creditors in order to settle outstanding debts. Cities such as Fredericksburg and New Braunfels were settled during this time. Although these immigrants often faced hardships, they were able to build a prosperous community whose influence can still be seen to this day.
This exhibit was curated by Anne Sorenson with materials from Southwestern University Special Collections and Archives. Thanks to Doreen Prevots, who translated all German documents, and Joan Parks, who gave me access to the Hoch family tree.