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Historical Society Program On German Immigrants


On Monday, September 10, the NM Historical Society is very pleased to present a program by Rosemarie Felts, a Huntington woman who immigrated to the United States in 1954.  The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to the public at no cost and will be enjoyable for audiences of all ages. 


Felts was born in Berlin one year after Hitler became Chancellor.  She attended grade school in Berlin and cooking school in Berlin and England, graduating with a Culinary Arts degree.  She met her husband in 1952 at Tempelhof Airport, the headquarters of the Air Force in Berlin.  They were married the next year, and Felts came to the United States in December, 1954.  When she landed in the United States, she says, “It was very special.  When we entered the United States, we felt the feeling of freedom, and that’s not something to be taken for granted.”


Felts continued her education by taking classes at several U.S. universities.  She worked in numerous offices in the Huntington Court House, and even opened a successful German Restaurant for a short time.  After her husband was called to become a minister, they served as missionaries in India, where she taught ESL in New Delhi.  She now tutors immigrants in English at the Huntington Library.


During her program, Felts will talk about the German School, a local center for German education, culture and worship in the 1880’s.  She will include the experiences of those who immigrated to America in search of new opportunities, touching upon on the difficulties they faced and what motivated them to come here.  Says Felts, “None of us would be here without immigration.  All of our ancestors brought something to the country that is very important and made this country what it is.” 


All are welcome to attend this program and to reflect on their own family’s immigration story.