Heritage Tour 2014 – Day 2

What a wonderful day we had today touring Goerlitz with our dear friend Margrit Kempgen. She is such a gift to the community and we are especially blessed to have her as a friend!
First at the Frauenkirche she explained an unrestored section of wall – very faint painting visible from the 1600s or so. This was placed in a prominent spot, very visible to the Pastor, honoring two Goerlit merchants who were early Schwenkfelders and assisted the Schwenkfeldian cause in Goerlitz.
Then off to the Nicolaikirche with its memorial slowly being restored honoring victims of WWI – very moving. Along the way we picked up and enjoyed some Amerikana’s – a cake-like cookie with icing begun about the time of WWII and influenced by our American Soldiers stationed in Germany.
Up to a burial vault in the Nicolai Cemetery and Margrit explained the symbolism of the burial and text of the wealthy merchant’s tomb.
After a quick visit to the grave of Jacob Boehm, it was back in the old town of the Lower Market and the City Archive where we were shown some manuscripts and genealogy records of Goerlit citizens who followed the writings of Schwenckfeld.
Free time for wandering this gorgeous city (we even saw the store used in the recent film Grand Bucharest Hotel – and thought we were wandering the set streets as well) and finding our lunch on our own. Great time to experience the struggle of understanding the menu and ordering something we weren’t quite sure what we’d get!
Crossed over to Poland on the footbridge over the River Neisse separating the two nations. Wow!
Final explore at the Baroque House Museum and a guided tour with a costumed guide, with Margrit translating for our Baroque, Gorlitz wealthy merchant of course!
Concluded our busy day with a wondering “BBQ” inside around a huge table with Margrit and her husband Gunther. It was very satisfying for me to sit and look around in the room filled with the wonderful cacophony of friendly, lively conversation – this is GREAT group!
Margrit introduced me to her regional Bishop of the Reformed Church – we had a very interesting, if brief, chat.
About 12 members of the group carried on a lively conversation to conclude the day in the little lounge with wine, beer, orange drink and water abounding – a fitting conclusion to a fun and fascinating day!

About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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