GHI helps celebrate Horner Library bicentennial

For the last decade and more the GHI Washington has closely cooperated with the Joseph Horner Memorial Library in Philadelphia by granting fellowships for researchers to explore the library’s unique collections. Founded by the German Society of Pennsylvania, the library recently celebrated it’s bicentennial. In his remarks at this event, GHI Deputy Director Axel Jansen congratulated the GHI partner institution and emphasized the historical significance of the library’s holdings. Over the past decade, fellows sponsored by the GHI in cooperation with the Horner Library have explored a range of topics in fields such as the history of childhood, the history of ethnicity, historical linguistics, and German colonial history. This year, the incoming class of Horner fellows focuses on the history of engineering in late-nineteenth-century America and on charitable ethnic societies in Philadelphia and in Charleston in the eighteenth century.

Anton Michels, President, Germany Society of Pennsylvania (GSP); Dr. Maria Sturm, Vice President of Culture and Heritage, GSP; Dr. Frank Trommler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Brita Wagener, Consul General, German Consulate of New York; PD Dr. Axel Jansen, Deputy Director, GHI Washington; Alexander Lawrence Ames, Doctoral Candidate in history at the University of Delaware and keynote speaker on the library's history.