To celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the German battleship Bismarck's commissioning, the public is invited to view the recently acquired eight-foot long model and enjoy a lively historical presentation by Professors David Bosse and Thomas Hoff. Edmund Lindhardt, a long time member of several German American organizations and a carpenter by trade, meticulously constructed the models by hand. While beautiful to behold, the Bismarck model is also a fully operational, sea worthy vessel; its maiden voyage made at Lake Park in Des Plaines. Attendees will enjoy 360 degree viewing access of the Bismarck. Also on display will be the Preußen model, the only five-masted full-rigged ship ever built until the year 2000 and the partially constructed model of the Prinz Eugen, the Bismarck's heavy cruiser escort during Operation Rheinübung. The permanent collection of the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center serves as an educational resource for the preservation of German American culture for the general public. The public is highly encouraged to attend this evening, as the models will be returned to archival storage until long-term exhibit space for these treasures becomes available.
Donations towards the conservation of the permanent collection are welcome. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a registered 501(c) 3, donations are fully tax deductible.
The Center is located block from the Western Brown Line stop. Parking for this event is generously provided by MB Financial Bank at Western and Gunnison Avenues.
About David Bosse While having an interest in general military history, David's reputation among the wargaming community is grounded upon his expansive knowledge of naval matter, in particular the construction of warships from the ironclads of the American Civil War through the battlewagons of the Second World War.
About Thomas Hoff Professor Hoff's childhood interest in military history developed into adult participation as a reenactor and teaching history at Northeastern Illinois University. Although best known for his work in the First World War, his work on US Infantrymen in that conflict have been published by Osprey, his writing and research encompasses the Second World War as well.
About the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center The DANK Haus, located in Chicago's German home, Lincoln Square, represents Chicagoland's largest ethnic group, their friends and families and the community in general. The DANK Haus conducts German language classes for children and adults, a research library and the DANK Museum. Core programming such as Kino, German Cinema Now, Cooking Classes, Oktoberfest, regular Fine Art installations, literary readings, classical and traditional musical performances and Sylvester Ball on New Year's Eve add to the rich, cultural heritage celebrated at DANK Haus.
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4740 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625