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09/02/07

Salzburgers Celebrate History

New Ebenezer is a small town in Effingham County with a lot of history. New Ebenezer is a small town in Effingham County with a lot of history.

New Ebenezer is a small town in Effingham County with a lot of history. Today that history came to life during the Salzburger Heritage Day festival.

This is the 82nd year the small town has put on the festival. It's designed to let people learn about their history. The Salzburgers came to New Ebenezer after they were ousted from Salzburg, Austria because of their religious beliefs.

But now they celebrate their heritage with friends and an annual festival.

"What you see today is not just Salzburgers and their families, but there's a lot of friends out here that have also come out just to be a part of the celebration of their friends as we have continued to make history and the strong force for the State of Georgia as well as the United States," said president of the Salzburger Association Ann Purcell.

The festival has become so popular in Effingham County, people from other communities are taking interest in the Salzburgers' history.

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