November 18, 2018

The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society (ASHHS) annual meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant St., Walcott, Iowa.

Our speaker will speak about Dubuque Seminary. In the 1840’s and 1850’s, there was a great influx of German Settlers in eastern Iowa. Scott, Clinton and Dubuque counties received most of the immigration. Once here they established churches, but there was a shortage of German speaking pastors. A Dutchman, Ardrien Van Vliet had the idea of founding a seminary to prepare German immigrants to pastor German congregations. A Seminary was founded and named the German Theological School of the Northwest. In 1870, the seminary was accepted by the Presbyterian Church. (Many German immigrants belonged to the German Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church was close in theology. Later, the Lutheran Seminary, from Wartburg College and the Roman Catholic seminar, Aquinas Institute), and the Dubuque Seminary “moved in” together to share resources. This arrangement lasted until 1981 when the Catholic seminary moved to Kansas City. Founded by German immigrants to serve German immigrants, the motto of Dubuque Seminary is “Mancherle Gaban und ein Geist”, meaning “Many Gifts and One Spirit.”

Light refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. The American Legion Hall is handicap accessible. For more information, call Mary Ann Muller 563-284-6640, or e-mail