“The best wiesentheid has”

The two hobby historians from wiesentheide, werner steinhauser and bernd weiss, have had a lot to do in the past few days. For the two of them, it was a matter of selecting once again from a wealth of documents and pictures from the history of wiesentheid in the historic parish hall, what should now be shown on the display boards for the exhibition on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the market township. This saturday, 24. March is the opening of the show, which runs until sunday, 8 a.M. April can be seen on some days.

Weiss and steinhauser agree that one piece must be included in any case. It is the original plan of wiesentheid, part of a complete work dating from 1735. At that time, the whole of bavaria was surveyed in detail for the first time. "This is the best wiesentheid has to offer. It’s a thick book with every single parcel in it. Only what I have not found are the vineyards. For this reason, a lot of hops were grown in and around the village," says weiss.

He showed burgermeister werner knaier the copy of the map, which originates from the municipal archives. The mayor stopped by briefly during the set-up and examined many a historical document with the two of them.

First mention

Among them is the document confirming the donation of the village to the schwarzach monastery. In 918, the bishop and comendatary abbot of freising, drakulf von freising, bequeathed his properties in wiesentheid to the monastery, along with others in the surrounding area. The document is considered the first official mention of wiesentheid and is now considered the birth of the town. That’s why the market, which has grown to a population of 4,000, is celebrating its 1100th birthday this year. Birthday.

The document is an important mosaic piece in the history of wiesentheide, also for bernd weiss. He has been following the history of his hometown for a long time, even in the decades when the former technical employee did not live here. The spatial distance to the site has sharpened his view and his interest even more, he says.

Searched for images

It was not until he retired a good five years ago that bernd weiss moved back to his birthplace, where he had also grown up. Long before, they had been searching for pictures, photos or documents about wiesentheid. The hobby researcher also searched the archives in freising for further traces of wiesentheid, which was quite tedious, as he reports. He was allowed to take pictures of some of the finds. For him it is important that all the things are also documented by further references in other places.

Werner steinhauser, who initiated the exhibition with weiss, proceeded in a similar way. The two build on an exhibition first made three years ago. This time, there is a lot more to see than at that time, also because some people from wiesentheide had come forward afterwards and had some finds.

Some things picked up

Steinhauser, a former teacher, is also considered a connoisseur of the history of his hometown. He also collected and saved a number of things over the years. "It also has to be said that we have a lot from the collection of josef baier, or karl ruppert," he refers to other wiesentheid collectors who contributed to the show.

From the archives of schonborn, from the state, or from the internet come further pieces. According to steinhauser, some of the latter "can only be used with restrictions, because the quality is often not right. From his point of view, ornamental pieces that are presented in the historic parish hall are, for example, documents by balthasar neumann on the mauritius church, for example a second draft of the facade, or a sketch with a different roof. Plans of the former castle park are also included. In addition, he found a list of forced laborers who lived in wiesentheid during the war in 1945 in the municipal archives, which are currently being cleared out and cleaned up for renovation.

The walls on which the history of the congregation is displayed in excerpts are arranged according to the respective epochs. "Pest and witch mania" it says, or "when casteller vasallen ruled wiesentheid."

The good old days

Many things that once existed there are also remembered, such as shops, inns, businesses, and facilities like the open-air swimming pool. Photos from the 20. The nineteenth century also shows the good old days. The spectrum reaches up to the present.

Steinhauser and weiss were happy to take on the many, sometimes tedious, tasks involved. What can you do for a hobby, says bernd weiss?. He has about one and a half gigabytes of documents on his computer, just maps and pictures. "It makes sense. Others sit in front of the TV all day long."Not only the two initiators were pleased about many visitors of the exhibition.

Opening is on saturday, 24. March at 5 p.M.; the opening will be on sunday, 25 march. March from 12 to 5 pm, on monday, 2. April from 2 to 5 p.M., as well as on sunday, 8. April from 2 to 5 p.M.

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