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Wanderlust: From German to Texan

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February 2 - June 9
Piper Memorial Wing


This exhibition focuses on German emigration and its effects both on the physical and social structures of San Antonio. The feeling of wanderlust, or longing for exotic distant lands, was the underlying push for many immigrants whether leaving for political or economic reason. However, this longing for travel did not mean that the immigrants left their German culture behind.

Highlighting the 1840s to 1900, see how German Texans changed the physical appearance of San Antonio through architecture and the social structure that still remain today.

Featured in the exhibit is John Kampman. His work included most of the commercial buildings on Commerce Street, the Menger Hotel, the Bexar County Courthouse, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church and his final project, the Kampmann Bank.

Witte Museum artifacts such as German Texas furniture and pottery, and the works of German Texan artists illustrate the important story of German Texans and their many lasting contributions to San Antonio and Texas.

Cost is included with museum general admission.