This collection contains newsletters, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings regarding the Georgia Salzburger Society from 1992 to 1997. Majority of these materials refer to the dedication of both the monument commemorating the 260th anniversary of the Salzburgers in America in 1994 and the dedication of the Salzburger Park in 1996, located between the Abercorn Street and Lincoln Street ramps on Bay Street.
A-5026 Salzburg-Aigen AUSTRIA
The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge's (SPCK) goal was to bringing the Christian faith to the poor of Britain and her colonies. The Georgia Trustees and the SPCK shared common members such as Samuel Urlpsburger, who was also the Senior of Lutheran Ministry in Augsburg, Germany. The SPCK and Trustees were comprised of European philanthropist interested in relieving the poor and distressed of Europe while fostering spirituality in the New World. Urlpsburger received a commission by the SPCK to recruit three hundred Salzburgers for a settlement in the Colony of Georgia. Between Parliament, the Trustees, and the SPCK, the Salzburgers received travel expenses, initial supplies for a year and fifty acres in the new colony. Those who could pay their own way received a grant of up to five hundred acres, the maximum allowed in the colony, as one of the colonies’ purposes was to counter large landholders and speculation of property. The Trustees and SPCK wanted an environment that would be beneficial for the poor and peasant immigrants of Europe, especially a peasant farmer class such as the Salzburgers. Prior to the rough sea voyage, receiving such special treatment and consideration from numerous European nations was uplifting for a group of exiled peasants and reaffirmed their spiritual convictions as so many of their fellow Protestants looked after them.