5206 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731
Who are the Wends?
Weldon Mersiovsky could be summed up in one Wendish word, Radyserb, which means “glad to be a Wend.” While he knew he was Wendish when a young man he did not become fascinated to the point of obsession with his ethnic heritage until he was about 25 when he fully discovered his roots. Since that time he has researched all of his familial ancestors and gladly assists others in their searches.
Now 67, while still helping others with their familial and ancestral searches, he has determined to uncover all that is possible to uncover about the Texas Wends and German Sorbs. The results of this ongoing coordinated research and ongoing translation into English of works and documents written in German and Wendish have been placed on the website of the Wendish Research Exchange (www.wendishresearch.org). The sole beneficiary of Weldon’s activities is the Texas Wendish Heritage Society and its members and friends.
The Wends came to Texas for three reasons: 1. to save their faith; 2. to save their language; and, 3. to save their culture. How well did they do? Weldon answers these questions and more in his presentation.
Speaker: Weldon Mersiovsky