Planting the Schiller Linden

Schiller's Day

On June 12, 1905, Fossler wrote the Board of Regents concerning his plan to plant the Schiller Linden tree. The tree and its plaque were intended to be an homage to the linden-lined street in Berlin, known as "Unter dem Linden" or "Under the Lindens." Fossler explained to the Board that the funds for the tree, fence, and the plaque were paid for mostly by the German residents of Lincoln and that the plaque had been designed by a student by the name of Lillian Rudersdorf (Fossler, 1905).

"The Schiller Festival"
The tree was planted on May 9, 1905 on the hundredth anniversary of German poet Friedrich Schiller's death. On "Schiller-Abend" or "Schiller's Evening," German songs were performed by both university students and singers from Lincoln's German community, Schiller's poetry was recited, and Fossler delivered a speech, entitled "Schiller, a Force in Modern Culture." The articles from the Daily Nebraskan announcing and recounting the festivities hail Schiller as one of the greatest writers of all time and recount his life with palpable emotion, referring to him at times simply as "the great German poet."(Daily Nebraskan, 1905).