Gleanings from the festival week in Bad Lauterberg, especially the actions at the Königshütte (kings’ hut)

The festive week for the ‘200th birthday of Sebastian Kneipp and 500 years of Bergfreiheit’ (500 years right of mining) is over, the responsible persons and many helpers can breathe a little easier again. On September 3, the festival week was opened by our first chairman, Mr. Hillegeist, with a special exhibition in the local history museum. On Saturday, September 4, there was an official opening in the spa park. Mr. Hillegeist gave a lecture on '500 years of right of mining' and 'the former mountain town of Lutterberg'.

 Several events also took place at the Koenigshuette (kings’ hut location), such as the jazz service on September 5 (2021), with Pastor Schmidt and the Waiting Room JazzBand under the direction of Mr. Joerg Baitz from Herzberg. "... an atmospheric service in front of a historic backdrop" was the opinion of many visitors.  Afterwards there was a morning pint with roasted sausages and drinks, to which the 'Waiting Room JazzBand' continued to play. The band is a band of amateur musicians from different age groups and professions, some of them retired.

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Actions on the theme of right of mining at Koenigshuette

From September 3 to 12, 2021 a festival week for the 200th birthday of Sebastian Kneipp and 500 years of right of mining takes place in Bad Lauterberg. Fortunately, the corona pandemic has not developed as negatively as feared, so that the planned actions can actually go ahead as scheduled. The opening ceremony on the subject of "500 years of mountain freedom and the mining industry in and around (Bad) Lauterberg" and its special exhibition will take place on Friday, September 3rd, at 2 pm in the local history museum. The first chairman of the support group, Hans-Heinrich Hillegeist, will give a lecture on this.

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Approval of the Scholmwehr Bridge

A week ago, on June 26, the Scholmwehr Bridge was ceremoniously reopened after successful restoration.  The restoration was made possible by funds from the LEADER funding and by the co-financing by the city of Bad Lauterberg as well as by donations.  Our first chairman, Mr. Hillegeist, reviewed the history of this weir bridge in his speech: built in 1733 in wooden construction, the weir bridge has been destroyed twice by floods. After the first destructive flood in 1833 - 100 years after its construction - it was rebuilt in wooden construction, after the second flood, in 1904 - the weir bridge belonging to the kings’ hut (Königshütte)  was now in private ownership - the owner, Rudolf Holle, decided to rebuild the bridge in concrete and steel construction.

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get-to-know meeting with our new members

view over the hut fountain to the hut tavern

The idea for a ‘get-to-know-you’ - meeting between the board and new members of the sponsorship group ‘Königshütte’ came up a long time ago during one of the board meetings. On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the time had come: the sponsorship group invited the new members from 2020 and 2021 to a 'get-to-know-you' meeting. Due to the pandemic because of Corona, the members meeting last year had to be cancelled, where 'old' and new members could get to know each other so far. Moreover ... membership meetings are subject to a rather tight schedule due to the agenda items, and this sometimes leaves little time for conversations.

Just over half of the new members from 2020 and 2021 attended the event at the at the hut tavern (Hüttenschenke) of the King's hut (Königshütte).  Some of the new members had cancelled with regret due to the vacation and vacation season.

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Guided tours start again - on June 8, 2021

Drawing of the king's hut ('Koenigshuette') after a copperplate engraving from 1834

There is good news: due to the relaxations during this time of the Corona pandemic, we are again allowed to offer guided tours of the Königshütte site and through our museum, the South Harz Ironworks Museum. The first guided tour this year will take place on Tuesday, June 8. As usual, the approximately two-hour-tour starts at 3 p.m. at the ironworks well. There, club member Thomas Böttcher will welcome you and explain the history of the king's hut (Königshütte). The mask requirement has not yet been lifted,so please wear a medical or FFP2 mask on the grounds and especially in the museum.

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