I messed up the date; this was in the paper Monday. The events commemorate the 1710
Palatine arrival. I'm not local so I don't know what other info is available as
yet. Sounds a bit sketchy.
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From: Debra Winchell <DLDove22(a)verizon.net>
Sent: Wed, January 27, 2010 12:21:22 AM
Subject: Re: [NYCOLUMB] Palatine Events in Germantown
I take it this took place last year?
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From: "James Harder" <jaharder88(a)yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:06 AM
Subject: [NYCOLUMB] Palatine Events in Germantown
Kingston Freeman, Feb 25:
GERMANTOWN — The town will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the arrival
of settlers from the Palatine region of southwest Germany over the first
two weekends of October.
The 300th Anniversary Committee is co-chaired by Nadine Rumke, a Palatine
descendant, and Jeremy Smith, a Germantown Town Board member. The
committee is enlisting the talents, skills and enthusiasm of Germantown
residents to create what is expected to be the largest event the town has
ever held. Noted historians and world-class genealogists have been invited
to town to participate.
Events will include Palatine history seminars, discussion groups, an
ecumenical church service, and the debut of a new concert work by composer
and conductor Harold Farberman, who makes his home in Germantown. Many
other professional and amateur musicians from the town will also perform,
including the Germantown Choir, led by Donna Diehl, singing early 18th
A sculpture, the Germantown Analemma, an astrological sundial, is being
created by local artists and Palatine descendants Dea Archbold and Kurt
The first weekend of the event will focus on town history and genealogy.
Germantown’s senior citizens are sharing their memories and the stories
they heard from their parents, to create an oral history of the town.
History and genealogy experts are coming from around the country to
discuss their Palatine findings. Doris Wheeler, a local Palatine
descendant who specializes in tracing family roots through DNA testing,
will also participate.
Germantown Central School District students will present an original play
about the Palatines and an ecumenical service will be held at the historic
Christ Lutheran Church, home of a 1755 Nuremberg Bible used by the
The second weekend of the celebration will bring back the Germantown
Oktoberfest, renamed the Palatine Oktoberfest. It will start with a wagon
parade through town, followed by food, fun and festivities at Palatine
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