Saturday, May 17, 2014
Come Celebrate Altamont's Heritage!
Activities for children begin at 10:30 a.m. They will enjoy the old fashioned games played by the German settlers. Leading the games will be the Big Brother/Big Sister board members. Children can listen to German stories from the Altamont Library.
German plate lunches, bratwurst, wieners, potato chips, soft drinks, and German desserts and other baked goods will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families will listen to recorded German music during lunch time. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun.
At 1 p.m. Elaine Becker Fletemeyer will tell about “The Rich Heritage of Being Bilingual: Speaking Plattdeutsch and English”. Elaine spent her childhood in the
Altamont community. Concluding the
event at 1:45 p.m., the Altamont Community Choir will sing German songs.
was named for a descendent of the
early German settlers. In 1873 a school was built on the site of the park and
the first Heritage Park class
graduated in 1892. That school was replaced in 1904 with a school for first
grade through 12th. When a
new high school was built in 1954, this was the Altamont
High School . In 1976 the building was torn down and the
block became a city park. The Altamont High School 2014 graduation class
includes descendants of the German settlers. Altamont Grade School
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 2 – 4 p.m. Admission for a tour is $5 for adults and $1 for students.
Then travel east of Altamont on the old
or US Route 40 to
and walk the trails through the timber and prairie found by the German
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 Klitzing/Heritage Park. Altamont
The Family Friendly Committee invites all ages to
on June 7st to celebrate German Heritage Day. The rain location is
the . Find Developing
Altamont’s Future on Facebook or phone Linda Schmidt at 618-483-6397. First United Methodist
info provided by the Family Friendly Committee