German Texans Male Narrator

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German Texans Male Narrator 
Male Narrator for a series of short audio tours (28 X 250-300 words each) for the Texas Historical Commission's mobile app.

Tour Summary:
Beginning in the 1830s, German citizens fled religious and political oppression in their native country – and sought sanctuary in a new land: Texas. This vast new frontier, unstained by the corruption and persecution of their homeland, offered the deeply yearned for opportunity to live as free men and women in free communities. As German Texans planned and engineered a new life here, their influence spread to nearly every facet of Texas life: industry, politics, music, religion, food, and education. This tour will tell the stirring – but largely unknown – story of German immigration in Texas, connecting modern-day users to the rich German-Texan legacy that continues to this day.

Emotional Goal:
To put the listener “in the shoes” of the German-Texan immigrants – and inspire a connection to, and appreciation for, this remarkable historical movement of people – and how it shaped the Texas we know today. 
2017-03-30 21:34:23 GMT
2017-04-10 16:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 1000
Via Internet: Texas
6200 WORDS
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male
• Phone Patch AND
• Audio files must be delivered via email AND
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
Not defined
This is a non-union project
Characteristics: 40s or 50s, voice of experience; yet friendly, warm and a great storyteller, Ideally, narrator should have a slight Texas or neutral English accent for the bulk of the script. However they must know German and smoothly pronounce German words and phrases within the English narration, and be able to transition into a German accent when indicated by the script.

Script Details

The turnverein pavilion. For German-Texans, these round or multi-sided buildings were not one thing, but many: Gymnastics center. Concert venue. Singing society. Dance floor. No matter its use at the moment, the turnverein represented the German-Texan love of health, community, and tradition.

These were the social centers of those German communities.

And no one designed more of them in Texas than Joachim (YO-kim) Hintz.

Hintz built three round pavilions in Austin County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, earning the German immigrant the fitting nickname: baumeister, or building master.

Bellville’s residents must have been taken aback in 1897 when they saw Texas’s first 12-sided building, with a conical roof! The design drew from the earlier Vereins Kirche in Fredericksburg, which was used as a church and school.

Hintz called his work Gut Heil, or “Good Health.” The local gymnastics club was the main user of the space, along with societies for singing and agriculture. But the turnverein halls seem almost designed with the polka in mind: couples half-stepping in a circular pattern around a single beam in the center as the band oompahs from the stage.

As far as we know, turnvereins like the ones Hintz built in Bellville, Peters, and Cat Spring aren’t found anywhere else in the United States – or Germany. A unique legacy of German-Texas.

By contrast, the hard-working, pragmatic Germans in Texas maintained a culture that recognized the value of enjoying the moment – they liked to have fun! They even had a word for it: Gemütlichkeit

One way German-Texans lived out Gemütlichkeit was through their societies, or vereine. “As soon as two Germans settle in a place,” an old joke goes, “they form a society.”
There were singing societies. Gymnastics societies. Shooting societies. Bowling societies. Agriculture societies. Most involved beer, sometimes dancing, and always good times. 
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