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As an extension of the educational component of TSCI’s mission, The Toledo-Delmenhorst Committee began a series of presentations on October 20, 2011 at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon, OH.  Marking the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, David Kohler gave a presentation on German Troops in the Civil War.  Mr. Kohler included family narrative, as well as other historical documentation on the subject.  Attendees were encouraged to pose questions and discuss the topic further during a social hour following the presentation.

This was the first in a series of planned presentations.  Some of the future topics will include The History of German Businesses in the Toledo Area and a presentation on Delmenhorst, Germany.  A varied program of topics will be presented at locations around the area.  All are welcome.  Contact Rogene Kohler (  to suggest a topic of interest, to volunteer your own interests or expertise for a presentation, or to recommend someone who would be willing to present. Thanks to the German-American Festival for making their beautiful facility available for the evening.

December 2012 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the signing of the Sister City agreement between Toledo Sister Cities International and NordSCI – Delmenhorst.  The committees will soon begin plans to commemorate and celebrate the relationship.


the Delmenhorst Sister City Committee will be presenting its 5th in a series of cultural and educational presentations about Germany and Toledo area connections with Germany on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Forest Cafe at Oak Shade Grove. David Kohler will discuss the waves of German immigration to the U.S.
This will serve as an introduction to our 6th presentation which will feature some of our own native Germans and their personal stories of how, when and why they came here. Hans Ersepke will be organizing this event which will take place on Thursday, March 7. Please contact him at 419-475-4712 or if you would be interested in participating or know someone whose story might be interesting.
Our previous presentations include Germans in the Civil War, a history of local German businesses, a history and slide show of Delmenhorst and reactions of students from Bowsher High School and from the max Planck Gymnasium in Delmenhorst to their school exchange. We are please that our presentations have been so well-received and invite you to continue your support. Or if you have not yet attended, please come. Light refreshments are also served. For further information, please contact Rogene Kohler at or 734-856-2913.