Heimatverein Anholt

About us . . .

1947 marked the 600th anniversary of the day when Anholt was granted city rights.

In a group of men who were busy preparing the festivities, the idea of founding a home association was born.

On July 20th, the time had come:

They met for the inaugural meeting, decided on a charter and elected a board of directors.

The goals at that time were set

- the research of local history,

- Care of the local dialect,

- Care of customs

- Preservation, protection and maintenance of the townscape and landscape.

They still form the core of our activities today.

The centre of our club life is the Heimathaus in Hohe Straße, rented in 2009, which is lovingly furnished and looked after by numerous helpers.

Most of our social events take place here.


The house contains a large number of pictures and other memorabilia of trade and change in Anholt in earlier years as well as a collection of historical writings. 

Exhibitions on topics from the history of Anholt and its inhabitants are regularly shown, and informative booklets are published to accompany them.

Numerous publications published by the local history association deal with historical topics and introduce well-known Anholt personalities.

With our events we address all age groups.

- together we explore our surroundings by bike and on foot.

- Dialect spoken German afternoons, which are always well attended, help to save the language of our homeland from being forgotten.


- Film afternoons with coffee and cake. 

For our children we organize

- the Palm Sunday procession

- the St. Martin's Festival


- support schools and kindergartens in the teaching of local history. 

Historical points

- We have set up information boards with detailed explanations at historically significant places - a project that all the local history associations in the city of Isselburg have worked out together for all districts.

Our special concern is the care and beautification of the townscape and the preservation of historical buildings.


Every visitor is welcomed at the entrance to the town

With “Welcome”

and with

"Tot ziens"

... we'll see you all again soon

…seen off.

Even the hurried driver will notice the former coat of arms of the town at the entrance to the village.

In addition to the cooperation with the other Local-History-Associations in the city of Isselburg and the Bocholt area, we especially cultivate the connections to our Dutch neighbours.

Joint events such as the "Open Monument Day" keep the memory of many centuries of good neighbourliness alive.

The much-used bridge over the Regnieter Grenzbach is a joint project of the Belangenvereniging-Voorst-Bredenbroek and the Anholt-Local- History Association.