A Guide to the Texas Fahrten Recording, 1986
Born to Jonas and Anna (Runge) Seele, Friedrich Hermann Seele (1823-1902) immigrated from Hildesheim, Germany, to Galveston, Texas, in 1843. Two years later, he moved to New Braunfels and became the community’s first teacher. Seele also served the community as the Comal County’s first district clerk (1846), mayor of New Braunfels (1860s), member of the Texas Legislature (1863-1865), board and faculty member of the New Braunfels Academy (1865-1879), and postmaster of New Braunfels (1889-1895). In addition to holding public office, Seele began practicing law in 1855 and fought with the 31st Brigade of the Texas Militia during the Civil War. Furthermore, Seele sang with the Texas State Sängerbund, also known as the Germania Singing Society; wrote for the Neu Branfelser Zeitung; and composed verse and prose, including the Texas Fahrten with C. Wilke. Translated as "Travels in Texas", the Texas Fahrten is a musical drama with English narration and German songs that discusses life for German immigrants in 19th century Texas.
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Seele, Friedrich Hermann,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fse06 (accessed October 22, 2010).
The Texas Fahrten Recording, 1986, is a 7-inch reel tape recording of a 1986 performance of Hermann Seele’s and C. Wilke’s 19th-century musical drama Texas Fahrten, which translates as "Travels in Texas" and contains English narration and German songs. The performance is from the Texas Sesquicentennial celebrations in New Braunfels, Texas, and includes an introduction by Theodore Gish.
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Texas Fahrten Recording, 1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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