On February 11th, 2016 the German-American Heritage Museum hosted an opening reception and lecture by Germanna Trustee Dr. Katherine Brown. During her lecture, Dr. Brown discussed the history of Germanna and describde the process of researching and producing the exhibit panels.
This colony, started by Governor Alexander Spotswood in 1714 was entirely German speaking. The craft of the German ironworkers was unparalleled. Dr. Borwn explored the early ages of the establishment and development of the colony, all the way through present day Germanna descendants.
Guest speaker Dr. Katharine Brown, is a proud to descend from 1714 Germanna immigrants John Jacob Rector and his wife Anna Elisabeth Fishback, as well as from Elisabeth’s immigrant parents, Philip Fishback and his wife Elisabeth Heimbach, and Peter Hitt and his second wife, Elisabeth Otterbach, daughter of the immigrants Hermann Otterbach and his wife Elisabeth Heimbach. She graduated from Hollins College then received a Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University. She has been executive director of the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia, and the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace (now Presidential Library) in Staunton, Virginia, and director of research and collections at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia. For the past ten years, she has been a founding partner of Lot’s Wife Publishing, a local history publishing company. She is the author or co-author of a dozen books on Virginia history and church history. She is an adjunct Professor of History and Art at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, where she has taught historic preservation, museum studies, and furniture history for the past 25 years.