Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Grandmother's Trip.


One woman had the courage to come to USA in 1910 from Germany. 

My Grandmother 1881 - 1917
It is through my research that I found out from her ship (immigration) records this woman came to USA twice.  She came over to USA in 1907 departing from Bremen and worked as a governess in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She returned to Bad Freienwalde, Germany, around 1909 where her brothers lived. She returned to USA in departing from Hamburg, Germany August 31. 1911.  She married my Grandfather on January 12, 1912 in Washington County, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  

She is from a small town outside of Dresden, Ruhland, Germany.  From old letter correspondence, she was enrolled in a girls boarding school in Dresden as a young girl.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Begin My Germany Trips

Where would you like to go?
Aha, the old individual question.  Each of us has our own personal preference and idea of where we want to go.  I do too.  Yes, I will enjoy your company as we discover Germany together ~ we begin to share many travel stories wandering off the beaten path through this country.  

My insider tip as we begin these travels, "There is so much to do even before you actually take a trip. Choose a new region and start learning all you can about it.  Include facts and trivia, don't forget to read local stories.  Close your eyes, and see the region with your own imagination."

For me, this is a personal journey as I discover a modern, invigorating country; one so very different from when my Grandmother left Germany over 100 years ago as a 26 year old woman by way of the German ship, Seydlitz, to come to USA.  I have never met my Grandmother, these trips I take now give me the chance to connect the dots with her past ~ the stories are through the eyes of her granddaughter.  

More to come ~ as we discover this region together!    

Auf Wiedersehen with a smile! 

"You've seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it's an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?"
John Steinbeck (Sweet Thursday)