Film/lecture series celebrates 200 years of German Americans in Indiana

  • Sept. 29, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- The School of Liberal Arts' Max Kade German-American Center and the Department of World Languages at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will share German-American tales during a weeklong film and lecture series celebrating 200 years of German-American culture in Indiana.

The series will run Oct. 2-8 and is free and open to the public.

Among the week's big events is a lecture by Consul General Herbert Quelle, Federal Republic of Germany Consulate, on the topic "German Unity Against the Backdrop of Migration." Additionally, William Selm, co-founder of the Indiana German Heritage Society, a Max Kade Fellow, and a professor teaching architectural history in the Herron School of Art and Design and the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, will speak about German-American contributions to the development of Indiana.

"German Americans were once the largest group of immigrants in Indiana and shaped our state as we know it today, but they integrated so well that they are almost a forgotten part of our heritage. This Indiana Bicentennial series is one way to remember their contributions during National German Week," said Karen Roesch, director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center and a professor of German.

Series events will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.; the IUPUI University Club at Hine Hall, 850 W. Michigan St.; and the Indiana Historical Society Basile Theater, 450 W. Ohio St.

The schedule of events for the week includes:

Oct. 2

"Whatever Comes Next"

IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE 002, 6 p.m.

Artist Annemarie Mahler fled from Vienna to the United States at the age of 13 in 1939. She is now an artist living in Bloomington, Indiana. This 2014 documentary examines her life and the role art has played in telling her story.

Oct. 3

Day of German Unity

IUPUI Campus Center, CE 305, 6 p.m.

"German Unity Against the Backdrop of Migration," Consul General Herbert Quelle, Federal Republic of Germany Consulate, Chicago

Oct. 4

"Whiskey Cookers"

IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE 007, 6 p.m.

During Prohibition, Templeton, Iowa -- a town of 400 made up of German Catholic immigrants -- became famous for its bootleg rye whiskey. Documentary, 2013. 57 minutes

Oct. 5

"The Indiana Germans Build Indiana," William Selm, IUPUI

IUPUI University Club (RSVP to, noon

One of the legacies of German settlement in Indiana is their contribution to the state's built environment. German-Americans were builders, architects and urban planners who built for German-American and non-German clients. Germans had a hand in the creation of the Indiana Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, St. Benedict Church in Terre Haute, the Gramelspacher-Gutzweiler House in Jasper, and the towns of New Harmony and Oldenburg, to name just a few. "The Indiana Germans Build Indiana" provides a statewide overview and sampling of how Germans shaped the built environment of the state since before statehood.

Oct. 6

"Children of Internment"

Indiana Historical Society Basile Theater, 6 p.m.

During World War II, thousands of German families were interned by the United States. This documentary tells their story and examines how little has changed when it comes to the country's views of immigrants. Documentary, 2016. 90 minutes

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Consul General Herbert Quelle

Consul General Herbert Quelle

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Richard Schneider