German Texan Heritage Society

Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V.


We envision that the people of Texas today and in generations to come will be well informed about the cultural values and heritage of German-Texans and that they will embrace the societal benefits of all cultural and heritage diversity within the communities of our State.

Contact Information:


Mailing Address:
507 East 10th Street Austin, TX
Austin, TX 78701

Contact language:  English


Heritage Society


As a nonprofit organization we are committed to the preservation of the history and heritage of German-Texans by promoting and providing educational experiences in its culture and language and by encouraging within our Texas public schools, colleges, private institutions and other organizations similar learning opportunities in all of the heritage, values and language that make up the unique culture of our state.


  • Individual – $35
    • Every year
    • Annual membership for one adult
  • Family – $50
    • Every Year
    • Family Membership includes up to 5 family members
  • International – $65
    • Every Year
    • You live abroad but still want to show your support
  • Patron – $100
    • Every Year
    • Increase your GTHS support, be a patron member for 1 year
  • Life Member – $1000
    • Increase your GTHS support & become a member for life

Whether you’re a Texan of German descent, an individual or organization interested in preserving a historic landmark, a history buff, or someone who wants to learn more about the impact German Texans have made and continue to make on the history of Texas, we hope you will join us as we work together to meet our goals. All memberships support the preservation of GTHS headquarters, the historic German Free School built in 1857

Membership Benefits:

  • Individual 
    • Free entrance to our members-only Christmas Market
    • Free entrance to our annual Mai/Springfest
    • Discounts for our adults & children German language classes
    • Quarterly GTHS Journal
    • Free participation in our GTHS Reads program
    • Discount for our GTHS Cooks program
    • Attendance to our Annual Conference
    • Access to our weekly virtual Stammtisch meeting
  • Family
    • Same benefits as Individual membership for your family of 5
  • International
    • Same benefits as Individual membership
    • Meet international members during weekly virtual Stammtisch
  • Patron 
    • Same benefits as Individual membership, plus
    • Help with German genealogy research
    • German Genealogy seminars
    • Access to the Trenckmann Memorial Research Library
    • Assistance with German translations
  • Life Member 
    • Same benefits as Patron membership, plus
    • Your name on a stone at the historic GTHS building