Content and curation by Anne Sorenson

Southwestern Collections represented in this exhibit: Clark Map Collection, German Immigration Papers and the Lillian Parks Steele Collection of Hoch Family Papers.

Thanks to Joan Parks for providing me access to the Valentine Hoch family tree as well as additional information about the Hoch and Schwab families.

Thanks to Doreen Prevots for translating all German documents.

And thanks to all the staff here at Special Collections for their support and input.


A New Land Beckoned: German Immigration to Texas, 1844-1847. 325.243 G336n. Special Collections, Southwestern University.

The Emigrant to Texas: A Handbook and Guide. 325.243 Em44. Special Collections, Southwestern University.

Jordan, Terry G. "The German Element in Texas: An Overview." Rice Institute Pamphlet - Rice University Studies, 63, no. 3 (1977). Rice University:

Reminiscences from the Life of a German-Texan Settler: A Journey from Galveston to New Braunfels in the Years 1845 and 1846. Sophienburh Museum and Archive, New Braunfels.

Family tree information from