Help the Sophienburg continue to tell the real stories of New Braunfels.
(Archives open for research by appointment only, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 830-629-1572)
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Welcome to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Take the journey with Prince Carl and his group of German colonists as they cross the ocean and make their way into central Texas. Admire their courage and determination to establish a new colony at the edge of Indian Territory. Exhibits, rich in local artifacts, photographic images, maps and documents, take visitors through the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County. The Sophienburg Museum offers public lectures, school programs and community events that promote the area’s unique history.
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"This remarkable museum showcases German immigration in the Hill Country region through a world-class permanent exhibition." More …
Our beautiful New Braunfels, the only Texas city founded by German royalty, is celebrating its 175-year history of cultural heritage, hard work, and gemuetlichkeit (the good life). (175th Celebration at the Sophienburg) For more information about the celebration events and how to become involved, follow this link: https://since1845.com/
Talking Texas History
The Talking Texas History podcast explores Texas history before and beyond the Alamo. In this episode, hosts by Scott Sosebee and Gene Preuss discuss Texas German history and Christmas traditions with Tara V. Kohlenberg, director of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. Go to the podcast page.
- By Tara V. Kohlenberg — Historic Downtown New Braunfels. It calls to my heart. The fascination for me is held by the details of the buildings and architecture, the part many people do not notice. …Read more >
- By Keva Hoffmann Boardman — Created by Augustus Koch in 1881, the “Birds Eye View of New Braunfels” is so much more than just an etching of early New Braunfels. An aerial view of …Read more >
- By Myra Lee Adams Goff — Have you heard of Sylvester’s Abend? Have you heard of New Year’s Eve? Two names for the same event. To arrive at the Gregorian calendar that we and most …Read more >
- By Tara V. Kohlenberg — As I sit gazing out the back door of the Sophienburg museum on this gloomy December afternoon, it makes me smile as I watch the yearlings romp and play. The …Read more >
Thanks to all!
Another Weihnachtsmarkt is in the books!
Thanks to all the shoppers, merchants, volunteers, and staff for making it happen.
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Looking Back: Bürger Ball Featuring Gary P. Nunn
August 27, 2021 — Chandelier of Gruene
Thanks to everyone who helped make this an evening to remember.
It's About Time
125th Anniversary Time Capsule Items
Items from the 125th Anniversary Time Capsule are available for pickup. Items will only be released to the addressee. ID and signatures are required. Unclaimed Time Capsule Contents (PDF)