Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
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.
Texas Wendish Heritage Museum
Kurio log cabin
St. Paul Building
Kasper family trunk
Wendish Easter eggs
1011 County Road 212 (map)
Tuesday - Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
$5 for adults, children under 14 free
September 22, 2019 | 8:30 AM
31st Annual Wendish Fest
The annual Wendish Fest is always the fourth Sunday of September. The day begins with church services at Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of the Painted Churches of Texas. A traditional Wendish meal of sausage, sauerkraut, green beans, noodles, beets, peaches, homemade bread, coffee and tea, and desserts is available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The snack booth opens at 2:00 with sausage and sauerkraut boats & wraps, drumsticks, noodles, desserts and cold drinks.
At the museum complex demonstrations and exhibits include Wendish Easter Egg decorating, German Christmas Market including items from the Erzgebirge Region of Germany and Serbin's own Wiederhold Woodworks in the Kilian building. Cording, quilting, lace making and crocheting are demonstrated in the St. Paul building. Genealogy assistance is available in the Peter Building Library. A country store at the museum circle drive includes items for sale.
On the picnic grounds enjoy entertainment by the Moravians Band spreading the joy of Polka music throughout the day. Demonstrations include spinning, weaving, rug looming, basket weaving, knitting, stone ground corn meal with a 1918 Grist Mill, corn shelling, homemade soap, sauerkraut making, noodle making, wine making, sausage stuffing, classic autos, vintage fire and farm equipment, cross cut sawing, and Balcones Forge Blacksmith. Participate in the silent and live auctions. Children's activities include face painting, stick horse races, coloring contest, train rides and "Kletternpfosten" (greased pole climbing). Competitions include Washer Pitching and a Coffee Cake Bake-Off.
Enjoy a day full of music, fun, food, demonstrations and activities!