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Experience World War I-Era New Braunfels at the Sophienburg Museum

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As part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of America’s role in World War I, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels presents “War Stories: New Braunfels in World War I,” which will be on display through 2019. New Braunfels was the first Texas colony of German immigrants, established by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany. Settlers first arrived at the point where the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers met, northeast of San Antonio, led by Nicolaus Zink, on March 21, 1845.

New Braunfels’ unique German character compelled its citizens to respond with fervor once America was at war with Germany during World War I.  Over 500 men from the New Braunfels area shipped off to fight in the war. On view in the exhibit are artifacts from the Sophienburg’s rich collections – posters, photographs, uniforms and other historical objects to showcase events, individuals and ideology during 1914 through 1919, as well as touch on the lasting impact of The Great War on New Braunfels and beyond.

First Stop: Visit the Veteran’s Memorial at the Entrance to the Museum

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The exhibit begins in a tucked-away corner of the museum where a veteran’s memorial board has been erected. On this board, visitors are encouraged to leave a photo of a veteran from any war – past or present. There are also souvenirs on display in the veteran’s memorial room where visitors can see trinkets and artifacts that soldiers brought home from various wars.

For a veteran, bringing home a remembrance of time spent fighting in the war was an important part of sharing with friends and family back home a bit of their wartime experience. These souvenirs were also an important symbol of the tenacity of the soldiers and a reminder of the good fortune that they made it home…when so many of their fellow soldiers did not.

Experience World War I-Era New Braunfels at the Sophienburg

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