Association for the Preservation of Municipal Heraldry (VEkH)
The communal heraldry is an essential cultural asset, which is losing interest and original meaning, especially in our time due to global and digital influences.
The Association for the Preservation of Communal Heraldry (VEkH) wants to counteract this development and, together with countries, districts, cities and municipalities and other related institutions, maintain the coat of arms and, associated with this, promote and research heraldry and genealogy in their essential importance as an auxiliary historical science.
The VEWH has therefore set itself the task of maintaining heraldry in general and local heraldry in particular as a cultural-historical and occidental documentation in a museum manner.
The world's largest existing, currently privately owned collection of hand-carved and -painted German municipal coats of arms is intended to contribute to the culture of remembrance and history, stimulated by the splendor of handcrafted heraldry, and to increase the historical awareness and thus also the political thinking of broad sections of the population promote.
The non-profit status (application being processed) of the association results not only from the cultural museum collection of German communal heraldry as an old and well-cared-for occidental cultural asset worthy of protection, but - closely related to this - above all the preservation of the communal coat of arms in the context of state-political educational work with the significance of each individual exhibit - so to speak, to touch - for human history, for settlements and cities.
In the large community of municipal institutions and its contributors, integrated into the statutes of a registered association, the museum's possibilities for recognition as a monument are developed and implemented.
The association only operates non-profit and scientific purposes and is open to all people regardless of nationality, origin, religion or political and sexual orientation. The association regards it as a special task to familiarize all people with history in general and the heraldry in particular. Every person can become active for the common good through the diverse possibilities offered by the association.
Gallery of Coats of Arms of countries, cities and municipalities
The project should not remain an empty phrase.
The museum operation and the coat of arms carving have been the backbone of the German Coat of Arms Museum for decades. Now that the collection has found a place to stay in Regensburg and all the coats of arms have found a place there, it is time to continue the idea of the museum's founder, Hans Riemann.
A joint project with communal institutions was planned in the sense of getting involved in the form of foundations with a coat of arms.
In addition, there is now a sponsorship campaign with the aim of helping the project more financially. The sole purpose of these donations is to maintain the existing collection and to produce additional coats of arms.