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TRIVIA TRAIL: NEUSCHWANSTEIN GHOST

Question: Whose ghost is said to haunt Germany’s beautiful fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein? Answer: King Ludwig II’s. https://www.annmarieackermann.com/death-of-king-ludwig-ii-bavaria-murder/

HISTORY SHARE & HINDENBURG REFERENCE APOLOGY

The now famous German airship, the Hindenburg, burst into flames and crashed in New Jersey on May 6th, 1937. I know that date. I’ve known it for years. Decades, actually. And I still knew it in 2016, when I was writing The Tangled Rose (Book 4 of my Time Rose series). Some of you, however, […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Depending on where you live, clocks may, or may not, have changed in the early hours of this morning. The first country to put Daylight Savings Time (DST) into consistent practice was Germany, at 11 p.m. on April 30th, 1916. Though ideas for changing times back & forth in order to make the most of […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

  Image from: https://www.wpclipart.com/ Question: What German-born doctor won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the brotherhood of nations? Answer: Dr. Albert Schweitzer (born January 14th, 1875), a medical missionary, who was also a well-respected philosopher and acclaimed musician.

HISTORIC TRADITIONS: SCHULTŰTEN

For two hundred years, children starting their first year of school in Germany have been presented with a Schültute, a paper cone filled with toys, school supplies, and treats. It began in 1817, when a church cantor presented one to a little girl called Jena, and the idea caught on. The cones have not always […]

HISTORIC KIDS’ QUEST: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE

A tragic piece of history most kids will find of interest. In late June, 1212, the town of Vendôme in Central France found itself with a lot of extra kids. And I mean, a lot. Thousands of them, mostly under the age of twelve. An army of children marching to the Holy Land to win […]

HISTORIC DISASTERS: THE HINDENBURG

Being just over eight hundred and three feet in length, and one hundred and thirty-five feet in diameter, the German zeppelin, Hindenburg, was the largest airship ever flown. But it was more than just an airship. Germany’s Nazi party had paid for its construction and with the swastika emblem emblazoned on its tail fins, the […]

CHRISTINGLES

Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’ and this is the time of year many churches hold Christingle Services. Christingle services began with a Moravian congregation in Marienborn, Germany in 1747, when children at a special children’s service were told how Jesus, the Light of the World, had come to Earth to kindle an everlasting flame in their […]

TRIVIA TRAIL # 3: CHRISTMAS ANTICIPATION

Question: What went up in many homes today? Answer: An Advent calendar. Like many Christmas traditions, this one started in Germany, around 1851. The first printed Advent calendar was made by Gerhard Lang, a partner in the Reichhold & Lang printing shop in Munich. When he was a child his mother had helped him count […]

HISTORIC OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS

It’s October, and there are several October celebrations that have histories kids might like to investigate.  These include: Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day): Germany (October 3rd). The re-unification of Germany wasn’t all that long ago (1990), but it’s far enough back to be history to the children of the new millennium. The Rederie […]

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