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Book Presentation & Signing: Comanches, Captives, and Germans


Book Presentation & Signing: Comanches, Captives, and Germans

Herff Farm | 10:00am-12:00pm


Meet the authors and book signing

Around 1848 Wilhelm Friedrich, a young German immigrant to Texas, completed three drawings that capture distinctive details of life on the frontier. Friedrich’s sketches feature Comanches, Germans, a captive girl, a wagon train, the landscape and wildlife of the Texas Hill Country, and energetic scenes of cultural contact. Friedrich is the only artist known to have produced contemporaneous images of a Comanche captive while still in captivity. In Comanches, Captives, and Germans: Wilhelm Friedrich’s Drawings from the Texas Frontier, the authors use their expertise in Comanche culture, German immigration, art, and Hill Country history to explore the many layers of meaning in Friedrich’s drawings.

Two of the book’s four authors, Professors Dan Gelo and Chris Wickham, will examine Friedrich’s interpretation of his spirited wilderness surroundings through the cultural lens of the era in an exclusive presentation!

Join us on Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 am at the Gathering Hall for a presentation by authors Dan Gelo and Chris Wickman. A book signing in the historic Herff Homestead farmhouse will follow at 12:00 pm.

“Three recently discovered drawings give remarkable insight into Hill Country life in the mid-19th century. The artist, Boerne resident Wilhelm Friedrich, shows German immigrants, hundreds of Comanches, a captive girl, hunted game, wildlife, and a wagon train in a rich, dynamic display of cultural contact and exchange. Our presentation details what we learn from these drawings.”