The Pommerscher Verein Freistadt annual celebration Pommerntag took place on June 24th this year, a beautiful warm and breezy day in Mequon, WI. Visitors were treated to the best of North German cuisine, from red cabbage to herring. And the singing and dancing by local club members of every age were phenomenal. The decorations on the performers’ costumes were intricate and colorful, and many attendees came dressed appropriately to the 18th and 19th-century dress of our ancestors.
Of particular interest, every year is the wealth of reference materials gathered in the community building. There were maps and photos of the homeland as well as volumes of ancestral family information in the Ortsfamilienbücher. Several genealogists were on hand to help visitors discover their pomeranian past. Reference books, tee shirts, and caps were available for sale at a reasonable cost.
If you are in the area that time of year, it is worth a stop to check things out. There is no entry fee, parking is free, and the celebration runs from noon to 4 pm on Sunday, so you won’t need to set aside a whole lot of time to attend.