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German School hosts Christmas program Dec. 18

After missing several years due to the COVID pandemic, the German School Christmas program will once again return to the Old German School at the St. Paul’s County Line Church on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

 There will be group singing led by the Oldies but Goodies musicians and the Christmas Story from the Gospel of St. Luke will be read in German by Rosemarie Felts, a native of Berlin. Melissa Westfall, sixth generation descendant of the original Schenkel family will also sing “Stille Nacht.” A traditional wild cedar tree with German decorations and candles will also be featured. Other stories of old German customs will be shared.

The brick school was constructed in 1887 by members of the St. Paul’s German Evangelical Church to provide children with religious instruction in the German language. After use as the church parish hall the building was in in use and badly deteriorated. It has been restored and now contains exhibits that interpret the history of the large German settlement which once existed in the area. The public is invited to this free event and masks will be optional.

The German School is located at 3995 N 1000 W, Andrews which is 3 miles north of US 24 on the Wabash-Huntington County Line Road. For more information, call 260-388-4836.