Sunday, May 12, 2013
German Heritage Day Update
Come to Altamont the first Saturday in June for German Heritage Day at the
. Klitzing Heritage
Developing Altamont’s Future celebrates
roots with a fun day for children, parents, and grandparents. The German love
of flowers is shown downtown with the fantastic hanging baskets provided by the
Garden Club and the large flowering pots thanks to businesses and the Altamont
Chamber of Commerce.
June 1st festivities begin in
Park at 10 a.m. where the Altamont
Public Library will present “Tales of the Black Forest”. A display will tell about the German
settlers who came in the 1860’s. They organized five Lutheran churches that
Starting at 10:30 a.m. children will enjoy old fashioned games played by the German settlers. Leading the games will be the Recreation and Parks Committee. Bratwurst, sauerkraut, wieners, soft drinks, and German desserts will be for sale starting at 11 a.m. Families can listen to recorded German music during lunch time. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun.
Two blocks north of the park is the home of Dr. Charles M. Wright, doctor to the German settlers. The house museum will be open from noon to 2 p.m. Admission for tours is $5 for adults and $1 for students.
Then travel east of Altamont on the old
Road or US Route 40 to and walk trails
through the timber and prairie found by the German settlers. “Traveling the
Prairie” will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. at the center. Ballard Nature
Altamont, select plants at the three garden centers and
find treasures in the antique stores. The churches will not be open, but a map
will show their locations. Several members of the German families have served
in the US Armed Services. Many of them are listed on the Veterans Memorial in ,
located north of the park on Altamont Union Cemetery Main
The Family Friendly Committee invites all ages to
on June 1st to
celebrate German Heritage Day. Find Developing Altamont’s Future on Facebook or
phone Christy Seidel, 217-690-8082.
info submitted by Linda Schmidt