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Tomorrow: The Annual German-American Steuben Parade (2016)

Posted in Bowery, Barbary Coast, Old New York, Saloons, German, ME, My Family History, PLUGS, Steuben Day with tags , , , on September 16, 2016 by travsd
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Much like New York’s  German American community itself, the German American Steuben Parade maintains kind of a low, dignified profile. As compared with, say, the St. Patrick’s and Columbus Day parades, the Steuben Day parade (which is just as big, I might add) doesn’t get a lot of airplay. In fact, you may never even have heard of it — or New York’s German community, for that matter.

In the 19th century, Germans were second only to the Irish in terms of ethnic presence here. And they’re STILL here; they merely assimilated. Two World Wars had something to do with that. The irony? America got millions of desirable Germans, starting with the ones who fled the backlash after the Revolution of 1848 and the increasing militarism and oppression in Germany in the late 19th and early-to-mid twentieth century. With them came some of the world’s best music, food…and beer. Need I say more? Well, I will. Here are some vaudeville-related facts about the Germans in the U.S.:

  • The Germans brought that wonderful institution the beer garden with them. Its civilized family atmosphere (in contrast with the rowdier saloons) became a model for what came to be known as Polite Vaudeville.
  • The Germans brought their music with them, including marches, which when played with syncopation by African Americans, gave birth to ragtime and jazz.
  • The Germans (Austrians especially) brought light comic opera (operetta) with them, which rapidly morphed into the American theatrical form known as musical comedy.

This year I’ll have an enhanced appreciation of the celebration, having gotten a firmer grasp of the Germans in my background. Like all Anglo-Saxons, I naturally have early Medieval ancestors from North Germany (the Angles, Saxons and Jutes) and many Frankish ancestors besides. I’ve discovered Medieval ancestors from all parts of Germany, Cologne, Cleves, Bavaria,Thuringia, Westphalia, Rügen and the Palatinate. In comparison with my English, Scottish, Irish, French and Dutch ancestry, my RECENT (modern) German ancestry is quite small. I’ve found a small handful as late as the 1400s. My most recent full-German ancestor is my (7th) great grandmother Margaret Cypert (1716-1799), whose parents moved to Pennsylvania from Strasburg, I’m assuming for religious reasons (Margaret was a Quaker).

Come celebrate their contributions today. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 68th to 86th Street today from 12 to 3pm.  More details here.

 

Our New Improved Appreciation of Steuben Day

Posted in AMERICANA, FOOD & DRINK CULTURE, German, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, ME, My Family History, Steuben Day with tags , , , on September 18, 2015 by travsd

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Saturday, September 19 at noon is the next edition of the German-American Steuben Day parade here in New York. I’ve blogged about this parade in the past (you can read one of those posts here), and have also lectured and written many times about the influence of German Americans on American popular culture. What I did not know until recently, is that I share some of that heritage myself! Hence…perhaps my interest in that culture was instinctively propelled?

Of course I had known that the ancestors of the English, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes were all German tribes and so I know about that ancestry. But I did not realize until recent weeks that I had some modern German ancestry, just a little the Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker Larrance Cypert (1690-1785) in this post here. He immigrated to America from Hanover, Germany. And his descendants made their way to North Carolina and then Tennessee. Them’s my Germans! It’s way less than my Frenches, but you can tell that just by looking at me.

 

Addendum: Here’s a very nice piece about the Germans in America by Erik Kirschbaum from the November 23, 2015 NY Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/opinion/whatever-happened-to-german-america.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

German-American Steuben Parade Today!

Posted in Bowery, Barbary Coast, Old New York, Saloons, German, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, PLUGS, Steuben Day with tags , , on September 20, 2014 by travsd
This nice lady has a large stein of delicious beer, and you can too!

Much like New York’s  German American community itself, the German American Steuben Parade maintains kind of a low, dignified profile. As compared with, say, the St. Patrick’s and Columbus Day parades, the Steuben Day parade (which is just as big, I might add) doesn’t get a lot of airplay. In fact, you may never even have heard of it — or New York’s German community, for that matter.

In the 19th century, Germans were second only to the Irish in terms of ethnic presence here. And they’re STILL here; they merely assimilated. Two world wars had something to do with it. The irony? America got millions of desirable Germans, starting with the ones who fled the backlash after the Revolution of 1848 and the increasing militarism and oppression in Germany in the late 19th and early-to-mid twentieth century. With them came some of the world’s best music, food…and beer. Need I say more? Well, I will. Here are some vaudeville-related facts about the Germans in the U.S.:

  • The Germans brought that wonderful institution the beer garden with them. Its civilized family atmosphere (in contrast with the rowdier saloons) became a model for what came to be known as Polite Vaudeville.
  • The Germans brought their music with them, including marches, which when played with syncopation by African Americans, gave birth to ragtime and jazz.
  • The Germans (Austrians especially) brought light comic opera (operetta) with them, which rapidly morphed into the American theatrical form known as musical comedy.

Come celebrate their contributions today. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 68th to 86th Street today from 12 to 4pm. It will also be televised locally on Channel 13. More details here.

To find out more about vaudeville past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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German-American Steuben Parade Today!

Posted in German, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, PLUGS, SOCIAL EVENTS, Steuben Day with tags , , on September 21, 2013 by travsd
This nice lady has a large stein of delicious beer, and you can too!

Much like New York’s  German American community itself, the German American Steuben Parade maintains kind of a low, dignified profile. As compared with, say, the St. Patrick’s and Columbus Day parades, the Steuben Day parade (which is just as big, I might add) doesn’t get a lot of airplay. In fact, you may never even have heard of it — or New York’s German community, for that matter.

It’s a point I like to hit from time to time. In the 19th century, Germans were second only to the Irish in terms of ethnic presence here. And they’re STILL here; they merely assimilated. Two world wars might have had something to do with it. The irony? America got the good Germans, starting with the ones who fled the backlash after the Revolution of 1848, and the increasing militarism and oppression of the Fatherland in the late 19th and early-to-mid twentieth century. With them came some of the world’s best music, food and beer. Need I say more? Well, I will. Here are some vaudeville-related facts about the Germans in the U.S.:

  • The Germans brought that wonderful institution the beer garden with them. Its civilized family atmosphere (in contrast with the rowdier saloons) became a model for what came to be known as Polite Vaudeville.
  • The Germans brought march music with them, which when played with syncopation by African Americans, gave birth to ragtime and jazz.
  • The Germans (Austrians especially) brought light comic opera (operetta) with them, which rapidly morphed into the American theatrical form known as musical comedy.

Come celebrate their contributions today. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 68th to 86th Street today from 12 to 4pm. It will also be televised locally on Channel 13. More details here.

To find out more about vaudeville past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

safe_image

To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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German-American Steuben Parade

Posted in German, HOLIDAYS/ FESTIVALS/ MEMORIALS/ PARADES, Steuben Day with tags on September 17, 2011 by travsd

This nice lady has a large stein of delicious beer, and you can too!

Much like New York’s  German American community itself, the German American Steuben Parade maintains kind of a low, dignified profile. As compared with, say, the St. Patrick’s and Columbus Day parades, the Steuben Day parade (which is just as big, I might add) doesn’t get a lot of airplay. In fact, you may never even have heard of it — or New York’s German community, for that matter.

It’s a point I like to hit from time to time. In the 19th century, Germans were second only to the Irish in terms of ethnic presence here. And they’re STILL here; they merely assimilated. Two world wars might have had something to do with it. The irony? America got all the good Germans, starting with the ones who fled the backlash after the Revolution of 1848, and the increasing militarism and oppression of the Fatherland. With them came some of the world’s best music, food and beer. Need I say more?

Come celebrate their contributions today. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 65th to 84th Street today from 12 to 4pm. More details here.

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