Description: Commemorative plate for the Fredericksburg centennial, white and deep red. Obverse: Depicts images of Vereinkirche—Pioneer Memorial Building, John O. Meusebach—heroic leader of early colonists, Admiral Nimitz, Birthplace of Admiral Nimitz, Pioneer Tatsch Home, Balanced Rock. Fredericksburg centennial 1846-1946. Printed on the reverse: Fredericksburg, Gillespie County: Located in the central Texas Hill country, was founded May 8, 1846, by German settlers seeking political and economic freedom. Experts from a cross-section of German citizenry, they came to combat the elements of the Indians to establish a self-reliant community and opportunity. The result of their thrift and ingenuity remains. Today Fredericksburg is a thriving city with good schools and churches and reputable businesses, the center of a well-balanced farm and ranch section, producing flint, grain, feed, stuffs, livestock, and superior red granite and limestone. German conservation and pride in ancestry prevails although the citizens are Americans all. Made by Vernon Kilns, U.S.A.
Description: Historical Note: This commemorative plate was issued by Vernon Kilns to honor the centennial celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas, in 1946. The front of the plate depicts different images of the town's history. The reverse presents a write-up about the history of the town and Gillespie County.
Description: Related Collection: John O. Meusebach Papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and Subject guide to Native American holdings at the Texas State Archives.
Citation information: ATF0101, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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