around 1998 that Bernhard Tiben having
attended a great many English-
language classes with the VHS Hamm at that
time had the idea of establishing a meeting
independent of any organization.
The first location was Hamm's fair-trade
movement's shop (Weltladen
der FUgE). Once in
awhile, a lecture would be given by people
from our area, but also from the United
by people who had visited or lived in faraway
countries, like Japan, Australia, the United
States, or Canada.
Other social activities and excursions, like
going to exhibitions, having cycling tours in
the vicinity of Hamm,
were highlights between regular meetings as
We even had an American
Thanksgiving dinner in 2005.