The story of Pinzgauer Cattle in Africa
The Pinzgauer breed was first imported to Africa in 1893 as part of the SF (Schweizerischer Fleckviehzuchtverband) by the colonial government for Austrian and German settlers in the German colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika (German South West Africa), now Namibia.
An Austrian with Pinzgauer Cattle in Australia
The Pinzgauer Cattle are very special animals, which thrive even under Australian conditions. They are very sweet, resistant, and productive mother cows, ideal for smaller farms, and a wonderful reminder of Austria in our meadows.
The plague in Pinzgau
The achievements of modern medicine led us to the erroneous assumption that epidemics were under control and that a pandemic could no longer exist, but the Corona crisis has brought us back to reality. However, by recognizing the how contagious the disease is, we can get it under control more easily and thus cope better with the spread of infectious diseases, e.g. through cross-border measures, than people did in former times, who, for example, were helplessly exposed to the plague.
Renaissance of blacksmithing
The two Leogang smiths Reinhard Riedlsperger and Josef Schett talk about their career, the reactivation of the Hüttschmiede smithy and the future of this almost forgotten craftsmanship.
A special gift
At the end of June 2019, Christian Jirkal made an extraordinary find during a forest hike – a throwing axe from the Early Middle Ages. After seeking evaluation from Martin Seiwald, Jirkal decided to donate the valuable piece from the area to the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum.
Piece by Piece
Guest blog: The magnificent tile stoves of the South German stove builder Hans Kraut (1532 – circa 1592) are considered valuable rarities. From May 2018, Marina Parić was commissioned by the MAK to renovate the impressive 16th-century tiled stove. Since February 2019, it has been on loan at the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum.
From Ground Zero
For thousands of years, mining has shaped the Leogang area. Around three decades ago, Hermann Mayrhofer erected a monument in honor of the mining history in the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum. Every day, he and his team continue to work on the development of the museum.
Pride and Joy
In this interview, Heinrich Spängler explains why the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum is of international standing, why a range of cultural activities are important for a region, and what mules have to do with the Bankhaus Spängler.
Off to the countryside!
Trude Kaindl-Hönig is the co-owner of the Salzburger Nachrichten daily newspaper. As the former leader for special projects, she has pursued many projects in the social and cultural sector and, on top, has been very supportive of the Leogang Gothic and Mining Museum. To her, the development of the museum over the last few years has been “simply incredible”.
Sepp Forcher first came to Leogang in the 1950’s to search for minerals in the Danielstollen tunnel. This wasn’t explicitly prohibited, but also not entirely legal. Several years later, he got to know Hermann Mayrhofer and the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum. Ever since then, the love for Gothic art has been what connects them.