- Milwaukee County Genealogical Society membership meetings are now back in person at the Central Library (and will continue to be also online). The meetings will start with a short business meeting, followed by our speaker presentation at 1:30pm. Dr. Joan Naomi Steiner will be speaking in person at the library.
"Landscape and Spiritual Renewal of the Borderland in Northwestern Bohemia:
The Story of the U.S. Embassy American Center 2020, 2021 and 2022 Exhibits in Prague"
(Included were stories of German-Bohemian emigrants to Calumet County, Wisconsin)
After World War II and the expulsion of the German speaking people of Western Bohemia, also known as Czechoslovakia or Czech Republic, villages and significant other places were left to let nature take its course. In some cases, new inhabitants who were not familiar with the area, were relocated to these places. Unfortunately, many villages were abandoned and left to their own demise.
Now, efforts are underway to renew and preserve cultural heritage in Northwestern Bohemia, especially in the Marienbad and Tepl region. Dr. Steiner’s story begins with discovering international efforts in the Czech Republic to renew the landscape and the spirit of abandoned villages and other significant places in Northwestern Bohemia. This discovery resulted in collaborating with local Czech residents to provide stories of Steiner’s ancestors, their friends and families who once lived in these abandoned villages and emigrated to Calumet County, Wisconsin.
Joan Naomi Steiner, PhD. is the author of the book "A German Bohemian Immigration: The Population Shift from Western Bohemian to Calumet County, Wisconsin".
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