German Free School
When German immigrants began to settle in Austin during the 1850s, they were disappointed in the lack of accessible public education for their children. Taking matters into their own hands, they began construction on the German Free School in 1857, which one year later would become the first chartered school in Austin. Once a public school system was established in Austin, the school would close down and pass into the hands of private owners. It wouldn't be until 1991 when the school was bequeathed to the German-Texan Heritage Society to serve as their headquarters. With tours and German classes available for young and old, the German Free School now assists in preserving Texans' rich history of German heritage.