The honorary local and district local custodians are a special team. We present it in a series. Today it's Henning Habekost's turn, the district local historian in Mascherode.
The retired Realschule teacher and seminar leader sport, born 1947, gives as "hobbyhorse" skiing. He loves to write down events and experiences in and around Mascherode in Plattdeutsch language. Henning Habekost is also chairman of the Mascherode memorial stone and water brotherhood and coordinator of the anniversary year 2017 in Mascherode. This is how he answers our questions:
Why have just you become Heimatpfleger ?
At the request of the local council I should help to prepare the 1992 upcoming 800-year celebration of Mascherode historically. My father, who died in 1990, had already begun the preparation of the celebration as a local historian. Since my grandfather did local history research in Mascherode – there was no appointed local historian at that time – I am entrusted with this task in the third generation, so to speak.
Please describe Mascherode for once.
Mascherode is surrounded by woods on the southeastern outskirts of the city, bordering Wolfenbuttel-Salzdahlum. The forest belongs to the forest cooperatives Mascherode, Rautheim as well as Ober- and Niederdahlum. The old village possesses Karreeform, at whose outer sides for the supply of the farms at the end of the 19. Craftsmen and tradesmen settled here at the beginning of the twentieth century.
In the decades after the Second World War, residential quarters were built between the forest and the old buildings, most of which were owner-occupied. As former grazing zones were built over, animal densities in forest areas decreased significantly.
What must have seen and visited each Braunschweiger actually in Mascherode?
In the center of town, solar-powered groundwater now gurgles from a revived village fountain into a decorative trough. Nearby stands the so-called tradition tree, whose wooden figures represent professions common in the village. The ensemble of the peace oak, the memorial stone and the historic cowshed on the street Im Dorfe inspires reflection on political and economic thought patterns around 1900.
A remaining spring still bubbles in the southwest of the village. The water temperature is 12 %C in summer and winter. It feeds the "Springbach", which drains into the Oker in Melverode. This area, which is under nature protection, always invites to linger.
What do you think is still missing in Mascherode??
General local interest of new citizens, who seem to cultivate their old connections more because of the proximity to the city center. Active participation of 40 to 50 year old citizens in the district culture. Public school route designation on "near-natural route through the Mascheroder Holz", instead of along the road Moncheweg. We children of the 1950s always enjoyed the lasting impressions on our way to school through woods and meadows to Sudstadt.
Where would you most like to be home keeper if you had to move ?
Basically, in any place whose history and natural environment give cause to be inquired about, researched, and communicated (z. B. Braunlage-Konigskrug, Wangerooge, Florence, etc.)
How can we win together again more young people for the concern of the Heimatpfleger?
Young people should be interested in place-based design projects,
– by organizing the commemoration of the national mourning day as shooters.
– by creating and placing information signs about significant buildings /events,
– By acting as firefighters to build nesting boxes, insect hotels and Easter torches.
Surrounding schools conclude cooperation agreements with the local history keeper, so that Mascherode is an extracurricular place of learning. Seasonally relevant and lesson-related co-creation events are developed. For example, succeeds through: Open Monument Day, summer singing evening at the "Spring" spring, relay race around the Mascheroder oak forest, singing and lantern accompaniment during the erection and dismantling of the traditional tree, decoration of the citizens' hall with self-made works of art.
In which way should resp. can Heimatpflege contribute to the not easy task of maintaining a local newspaper in the future??
It could be helpful if young people write articles as reporters, which are permanently considered in the local section independently of the "newspaper in school" campaign. This should not be sensational reporting, but could objectify and work up relevant discussion points in the social networks.