40th Anniversary Celebration
Freistadt was settled in 1839 by people from the state of Pomerania, in the kingdom of Prussia. There was little contact with the people back home until 1976, when the Pomeranian folk dance group Ihna visited Wisconsin to take part in the opening of Old World Wisconsin and included Freistadt on its itinerary. This sparked enough interest that the next year a group from the area visited Pomerania in Germany. While they were there, the group members learned some traditional dances and had so much fun that in the fall of that year the Pommersche Tanzdeel dance group was begun in Freistadt. Then the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt was “founded in 1978 to preserve our Pomeranian heritage through the study of its history, genealogy, culture and language.”
Through the years, the group has enjoyed more than 300 programs and celebrations, held Potato Pancake Dinners, established a bookstore, an awesome reference library, and a giant genealogical database housed in a robust website, published more than 150 Rundschreibens, arranged tours, and hosted 42 Pommerntag Festivals. Yes, Pommerntag began BEFORE the group was founded!
The membership has grown through the years. Currently, we have almost 700 members living in 41 states and four other countries.
As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, a special Anniversary Dinner
was held on Sunday, April 22, at the Bavarian Bierhaus (formerly the Bavarian Inn).
Peggy Mueller and the Milwaukee DANK Folk Dancers entertained.
To share in the entertainment, click on the link below.