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Irmgard & Helmuth Hormann

Memorabilia of Student Years

Helmuth Hormann

Helmuth Hormann, the second child of Rev. Arthur and Maria Hormann, was born 1909. As a child, he came with his parents and older brother, Bernhard, to Honolulu, when Rev. Hormann became pastor of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu in 1916. Helmuth began studies at University of Hawaii in 1925, graduating in 1929. After a brief enrollment in the Max Reinhardt School of Theatre in Berlin, he returned to Hawaii when the Nazis came to power in 1933. He re-entered UH, receiving an M.A. in 1935. Helmuth's scrapbook documents his work with Honolulu community theater and some plays of his students while he taught at Hilo and Kalakaua Intermediate Schools and Kahuku High School as well as plays at the University of Hawaii, including programs and photographs of casts of House of Rimmon, Icebound, and Twelfth Night.

Helmuth also studied at the Yale School of Drama and Cornell University from which he received his PhD in 1941. He received a Fulbright fellowship in 1955-1956, researching theater arts in Munich. His teaching career included various public schools, Chaminade University and Leeward Community College in Hawaii; Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; and seventeen years at the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts in Pasadena, California.

Irmgard Hormann

Irmgard, the younger sister of Helmuth and Bernhard, was born in Honolulu in 1917 shortly after the Hormann family moved here. She attended Punahou School; then began University of Hawai‘i in 1933 and graduated in 1937. During her student years at UH, Irmgard participated in the IPR Youth Conference and the Asilomar Conference. She served on the staff of the Hawai‘i Quill for three years, including a year as vice president and a year as president. A scrapbook and photographs from the Asilomar and IPR Youth conferences include fellow stoudents and UH faculty. Several issues of Hawaii Quill to which Irmgard contributed are in the collection.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii, Irmgard attended Columbia University where she earned her degree in librarianship. She then began a long career with the Hawaii State Library, retiring in 1973 as statewide consultant for Young Adult Services.

Bibliographic record for the Hormann Memorabilia Collection is http://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu:7008/vwebv/holdingsInfo?&bibId=3142787&searchId=4128&recPointer=0&recCount=10

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