Culture in New Braunfels.

Culture

From the virgin prairie, they built a town but their spirit filled it with life. Their traditions, costumes, mores & beliefs imbued it with faith, pride, industry, & laughter. We are what we are, today, because of them. Let us carry on their spirit! — Everett Anthony Fey

What Defines New Braunfels?

The characteristics of “work hard and make good progress” defined the city of New Braunfels at its founding over 165 years ago. These principles were augmented by a devotion to civic involvement and family celebration.

As with most settlements in the New World, the culture in the town of New Braunfels became a mix of old and new. The German founders adapted to their new surroundings, deriving influence from Mexican, Indian, and African culture. With each generation, new layers of culture and tradition were woven into the fabric of this little “burg.”

Our Core Principles

Though much has changed from 1845 to today, the core principles set forth by the founders—hard work, progress, civic pride, and family devotion—have remained a steadfast way of New Braunfels life.

“This is a free land and the poorest is regarded and respected as the richest. Here no one has a priority. The respect of persons considers each persona as the next. However, he who does not want to work should not undertake the trip, but who wants to work and will work, will fit in very well and make good progress.” — letter from Nicholas and Anton Riedel, May 11, 1845

Around the Sophienburg – New Braunfels History Blog
Stories by Myra Lee Adams Goff

By Myra Lee Adams Goff Are you confused about which historical anniversary to celebrate or that you have celebrated? Is it for New Braunfels? Is it for Texas? Is it for the United States? Did we celebrate one year, 25 … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sponsors an amazing brochure titled “New Braunfels, Texas Culture & Heritage (Kultur und Erbe).” The brochure invites you to take a peek inside with the words “Open to … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff Recently, the Ludwig Leather Company on Seguin Avenue was purchased by Terri Moore Cocanougher, originally from New Braunfels. The new name of the company is Ludwig and Marglin. Why Marglin? Marglin is the French name … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff The New Braunfels Fire Department is celebrating its 130th year of service to the New Braunfels people. In 1886, Hermann Seele was named the chairman of the Fire Committee of the City Council by Mayor … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff Imagine that you are on the Texas Coast where you have just arrived on one of the Adelsverein ships. You left Germany three months ago. You are far away from the Heimatland (homeland) for the … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Dec 25, 2016
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff There was a time when teachers in the rural areas were furnished a house called a teacherage. These dwellings were either attached to the school or nearby. One such teacherage can be seen while driving … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff The Sophienburg Museum celebrates the Christmas season by presenting an exhibit of dollhouses, old toys and dolls, all reminiscent of our Christmas Past. Dollhouses appeared on the scene all over the world hundreds of years … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff Almost 70 years ago (1947), local historian Oscar Haas was asked by the Texas State Historical Association to compile the origin and history of all name-places in Comal County. Haas' histories and thousands of others … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff What's going on at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives? By far the most important news is the Sophienburg Board choosing Tara Kohlenburg as its Executive Director. Tara grew up here in New Braunfels. When asked … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff How many times have you said or thought, “I wish I could remember what my grandmother told me about that.” If you have letters or a diary from your family, you are one of the … Continue reading → [...]
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
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