In the meantime the rest of the family members from far and near met at the venue, the big shooting club hall in Scherfede.
According to the registration 83 Thonemanns had come. They viewed the family exhibition in the foyer. Here the genealogies of the various family trees, beginning with the original family in Warburg, from 1275 to the present day (1992), were presented. Besides historical photographs, newspaper clippings, drawings, documents, etc., also some reports from significant family events and personalities were exhibited.
Everything important for the understanding of the time of our ancestors and our history was available on the literature table, from books of coats of arms, books of contemporary history, the book of Wilhelm Thöne from 1936, the drafts of our family member Maria Plaggenborg etc. At 4 p.m. Hermann Hermes, the deputy Mayor of the city of Warburg, officially opened the 1992 Thonemann Family Day. He stressed in his ceremonial address the great significance of the Thonemann family as one of the oldest families of Warburg. As a sign of gratitude for the extensive research for our old patrician family, Maria Plaggenborg, née Thonemann, received two volumes with the title “Die Stadt Warburg – Beiträge zur Geschichte einer Stadt 1036 – 1986” (“The city of Warburg – Contributions to the history of a city 1036 – 1986”) from the hands of the deputy Mayor.
She truly deserved this distinction!
Then a talk by Manfred Bunse, an expert on the locality, followed on the subject “How was the social and historical environment between the 13th and 19th Centuries in Germany or rather in the vicinity of Warburg?” Here it was vividly described how our ancestors lived in the contemporary historical context. Once again it was made clear that compared to today the life of the time was partly hard and full of want and privation and should not always be described as the “good old days”.
After all the talks everybody had dinner together at 6 p.m. The finale of this first part of our family day was determined by conversations about internal family matters, getting to know Thonemanns living far away better, discovering common interests and establishing new family relationships. The music and parlour games made their contribution.