The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany.
The museum is located at Serbin, near the historic St. Paul Lutheran Church. The present church building, built in 1871, is one of the famous painted churches of South Central Texas.
As the only Wendish museum outside of Germany, the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum includes interpretive displays about the history of the Wends. Exhibits include relics from the old country, from early life in Texas, traditional folk dress of Lusatia, traditional black wedding dresses, and the beautiful decorated Wendish Easter eggs.
Two mid-1800s log structures are also part of the museum complex. The 1856 Kurio log cabin, built by the Kurio family, is furnished as a bedroom with original artifacts of the early settlers. The Mertink log room is used to exhibit antique tools used for farming and carpentry.
The Lillie Moerbe Caldwell Library, housed in the interpretive center, specializes in the history and genealogy of the Wendish people. The museum archives include rare books in Wendish and German, manuscripts, personal papers, and a photograph collection.
Group tours may be scheduled with a traditional Wendish meal.
1011 County Road 212 (map)
Tuesday - Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
$5 for adults, children under 14 free