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This is a video from the Halle Uni-Big Band highlighting their visit to Savannah in October.  Please watch and enjoy!

The Teutonic Council Hosted the Halle Exchanged Students
March 26, 2022

Jim Anderson, Margarete Froelicher-Grauwinkel, Claudia Christiansen, and Anne Miller hosted students from Halle for lunch at Paula Deen's Creek House on Saturday, March 26, 2022. 

Alisa and Lisa are exchange students at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. 

Carolin is experiencing a portion of her "student teacher" training at Islands High School in Savannah. 

Students are from Halle, Savannah’s “Sister City" in Germany. 

Jim, Anne, and Claudia represented the Teutonic Council. 

Claudia, Anne, and Margarete, represented Georgia Salzburger Society. 

Students and their guests were given souvenirs and the informational rack cards as invitations to go visit Ebenezer. 

Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Dorothee Mertz at the 200th Anniversary Celebration with Dr. Georg Mass, Dean of Philosophy, and Manja Hussner, International Studies, from Martin Luther University.Events

June 2017 on the Campus of Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany


Pictured from left to right

Dr. Georg Mass - Dean of Philosophy II and Professor of Music, Martin Luther University

Dr. Dorothee Mertz- Director of International Education, Armstrong State University

Ms. Manja Hussner - Director of the International Office, Martin Luther University

Dr. James Anderson - Assistant to the Provost for International Education, Armstrong State University

Event - This was at a reception following an official ceremony to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Martin Luther University. Armstrong’s Anderson and Mertz were invited as special guests to participate in the ceremony since Martin Luther University and Armstrong were partner universities.

December 8, 2021 - Savannah City Hall 

Savannah City Manager, Sabine, visitor from Halle, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Judith, visitor from Halle, Dr. Jim Anderson, Dr. Dieter Gunkle, Claudia Christiansen, representing the Savannah Area Teutonic Council.

A delegation of those pictured here plus others met with the mayor to discuss various opportunities for 'Sister City' interaction during the upcoming year. Throughout the week, the delegation toured the offices of various key people who are responsible for Economic Development, Safety, and Security in the area. They were here to gather ideas about how current social and civic issues are handled peaceably in the area. There was also a representative for the state of Georgia present and involved with the networking plans. The visitors from Halle were scheduled every day for this trip with the events of their preplanned conference but hope to schedule a trip to Ebenezer next time they come to the Savannah area. 

Spring 2021 – March 23, 2021 -  First lecture of the new “Speaker Series of the Teutonic Council” with Kessi Kuhn from Germany.  The lecture is at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University Ballroom A at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Co-sponsored with the Office of Global Engagement at Georgia Southern.


September 2021 - Annual German American Day Celebration with German food, music, and cultural activities

TBA –a rescheduling of this cultural exchange with the  jazz concerts by the “Big Band” from Martin Luther University (Halle)

German Cultural and Musical Activities 
Jorma Marggraf, pianist, at this recital at the Savannah Arts Academy show with his father, Jens, and Trustees from the Teutonic Council

February 2014 – Assisted the German Heritage Society and the Georgia Salzburger Society to bring four vocal soloists from the Halle Germany Opera to perform Handel’s Messiah with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

June 2016 – Began an annual exchange program of high school teachers in Halle with the Savannah-Chatham and Effingham County High Schools. This two-week exchange bringing two Halle teachers to South Effingham High Schools followed by the Effingham teachers going to Halle in spring 2017. The Halle school is Elisabeth-Gymnasium.

September 2016 – With the assistance of the local German American Societies, the Teutonic Council sponsored the first official Celebration in Orleans Square.  Co-sponsored by the German Heritage, German Friendly, and Georgia Salzburger Societies.

August 2017 – Served as a sponsor for an Evening of German Vocal Music performed by the soloists from The Savannah Music Festival.

September 2017 – Sponsored with the support of the three local German American Societies the second annual German American Day Celebration at the German Fountain in Orleans Square.  

2017 - 2018 - With the Georgia Rotary International and Armstrong State University, the TC sponsored Louise Jäsche from Martin Luther University to study music for the academic year at Armstrong.

August 2018 – Sponsored two performances of The Savannah Voice Festival’s performance of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck.

September 2018 - Hosted a piano recital at the Savannah Arts Academy by Jorma Marggraf, and a music theory lecture by Professor Jens Marggraf from Martin Luther University (Halle)

September 2018 - Sponsored a German American Day Celebration at the DeSoto with German food, entertainment, and cultural exhibits. Co-sponsored by the German Heritage, German Friendly, and Georgia Salzburger Societies.  

Feb 12, 2019 – Served as a co-sponsored with Georgia Southern University a collaborative concert featuring pianist Professor Jens Marggraf (piano) from Martin Luther University (Halle, Germany) and Dr. Emily Grundstad-Hall (soprano) from the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University. 

August 19, 2019 - Sponsored “Song Night:  A Liederabend” performed by soloists from The Savannah Voice Festival.

September 2019 – Sponsored the 5th Annual German American Day Festival at the DeSoto with German food, music, and cultural exhibits. Co-sponsored by the German Heritage, German Friendly, and Georgia Salzburger Societies.


September 2020 – Served as the primary sponsor of the Martin Luther University Big Band (Halle) to perform at German American Day Celebration, to be the featured big band at the Savannah Jazz Festival, and to perform concerts at area universities and high schools (canceled due to the pandemic).

German American Day Festival (2019)
Teutonic Council German American Day Pos
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