When field work was still exclusively manual labor © Reiter-Kirsitz

A / Styria: St. Ruprecht an der Raab: Opening

One of the oldest communities in Styria, St. Ruprecht an der Raab, presented its Topotheque on October 7th. In the architecturally remarkable community center of Unterfladnitz, Mayor Franz Nöhrer opened the evening, where the hall was filled to the last seat. After an introduction to the Topotheque by Alexander Schatek, Gerhard Steinwender, representing the team‘s other Topothequers, led the journey through the past through selected entries. Starting from a prayer book with a portrait of the local patron, the path led through the local flags, which are more than 100 years old, up to around the year 2000. A special treasure in the already visible digital treasure trove are the photographs of field work, on which work clothes and tools are clearly documented. Whether it‘s a sickle, a wooden plow or a breaking tool – you can find out what the latter is in the comment on the picture linked here – a lot of things could be preserved here for posterity that the younger generation may no longer even know from stories. In contrast to everyday working life are the clothes of the early summer visitors, who initiated the income stream of tourism here in St. Ruprecht at an early stage. Those photos that remind some visitors of their own youth were, of course, given the greatest attention and discussed. They make you feel that you are part of the advancing times and thus of history.

The community center of St. Ruprecht an der Raab
A full hall listened to the journey through time.
Gerhard Steinwender and tells tales about the old fire station
Printouts of photos also allowed visitors to talk about their remebrance in an analogue way.
Cardboard displays were made especially for the opening.