Sister Cities of Jasper, the Jasper Deutscher Verein, and the Jasper Partnership Commission recognized Paul and Laura Grammer with the German Heritage Award during the annual German Heritage Dinner held Thursday, October 7, 2021.
Since 1999, Sister Cities of Jasper, the Jasper Deutscher Verein, and the Jasper Partnership Commission have celebrated German American Day in Jasper in October and presented the German Heritage Award. The German Heritage Award recognizes individuals or groups that have generously contributed time, talents, or resources to maintaining, improving or building upon our German heritage in Dubois County.
Paul and Laura have been members of the Jasper Deutscher Verein for many years and have contributed both time and talent to the club. Laura served four years as the treasurer of the Deutscher Verein and Paul and Laura provided leadership and support in working to run the booths at the Strassenfest.
In 2019, Laura was instrumental in bringing German Heritage to Thursday evenings at the Strassenfest. As one nomination submitted for the award so accurately stated, “Countless hours were spent in planning and practices, and just plain work!”
An additional nomination stated, “Laura’s thoughts and dreams, with the support and help of her husband Paul, have been instrumental in bringing German Heritage back to the Strassenfest opening night and ceremonies. Laura’s efforts to involve youth in our German heritage is sure to pay dividends forward to our mission of preserving, promoting, and celebrating our German Heritage for future generations.”
“Paul and Laura are so worthy of this award. Rarely do you see one without the other, working together, to offer support or lend a hand wherever needed,” said Mary Leah Siegel, president of Sister Cities of Jasper, when she presented the award to the Grammers. “Their commitment to community, family tradition, and German heritage is simply amazing.”
Sister Cities of Jasper was established in 1985 creating a sister city partnership between the Village of Pfaffenweiler in the state of Baden Württemberg, Germany and the city of Jasper, Indiana USA. The Jasper Partnership Commission was formed to promote the Jasper and Pfaffenweiler partnership through the mayoral offices of both cities. The Jasper Deutscher Verein was founded in 1980 to promote, preserve and celebrate the proud German Heritage in Jasper and the surrounding area.