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Deutsche Evangelische Synode von Nord-Amerika, Herausgeber. Schriftliche Aufgaben für den deutschen Sprachunterricht. Im Anschluss an die Lesebücher der Evang. Synode von N.=A. [i.e. der Evangelischen Synode von Nord=Amerika].  1. Teil: Unterstufe. (Written exercises: for German language instruction: in conjunction with the readers [published] by the Evangelical Synod of North America). St. Louis, Mo.: Deutsche Ev. Synode von Nord-Amerika : Eden Publishing House, [1894]. 60 pp.
Combination teacher’s handbook and workbook with both text to present material and exercises to be practiced with students. A table indicates which reading selection is associated with which exercise(s).”
Donated by Georgiana Kramer, April 2015.

Seidensticker, Oswald. Bilder aus der Deutsch-pennsylvanischen Geschichte. (Geschichtsblätter. Bilder und Mittheilungen aus dem Leben der Deutschen in Amerika, vol. 2. Ed. By Carl Schurz.) New York: Steiger, 1885. viii, 276 pp.
Not literal “Bilder” but a history of German settlement in Pennsylvania intended to complement the same for New York presented in vol. 1 of the series. Chapters: Die ersten deutschen Einwanderung in Amerika und die Gründung von Germantown im Jahre 1683 — Johann Kelpius, der Einsiedler am Wissahickon — Die beiden Christoph Saur in Germantown — Ephrata; eine amerikanische Klostergeschichte — Die Deutschen im Frieden und im Kriege.
Part of the Carl Schurz Collection. Title/volume also in Wisconsin Historical Society (F152 S43 v.2).  Digital versions available: Hathi Trust (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000336397), Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_PRkdAAAAMAAJ).Volume 1 of set is titled Die deutschen im Staate New York während des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts, and is shelved separately in PIA under its author, Friedrich Kapp.
Information on publisher: STEIGER, Ernst, German-American bibliographer, born in Gastewitz, Saxony, 4 October 1832. He was trained as a bookseller, emigrated in 1855 to New York City, and in 1863 opened an independent business. He became the publisher of important works of German Americans and of language textbooks, and also a manufacturer and importer of all that belongs to the Kindergarten system. Mr. Steiger is the author of “Der Nachdruck in Nordamerika” (New York, 1860); “Das Copyright-Law in den Vereinigten Staaten” (1869) ; and “Periodical Literature,” a bibliography (1873). [Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM].


 Chicago Singverein. Chicago Singverein, Third Season, 1912-1913: Second Concert: Aus Deutschland’s grosser Zeit. (Chicago Singing Society, Third Season, 1912-1913: Second Concert: “From Germany’s Great Days”). [Chicago, IL: The Society: printed by Fred. Klein Co., 1913. 40 pp.: ill. ; 23 cm.
Program booklet for the first performance in Chicago of “Aus Deutschland’s grosser Zeit: Concert-Cantata by Ernst H. Seyffardt.” Includes photos of composer, conductor William Boeppler, and four soloists; extensive notes on the work in English, text of the work in German. Lists names of: Officers and Board of Directors, “Boxholders,” chorus members by voice part including Boys’ Choir, as well as “Associate Members,” i.e. non-singing supporters. Half of booklet is display ads, overwhelmingly, but not exclusively in English. Concert performance: Auditorium Theatre, Sunday, April 20th [1913], 8:00 P.M.


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Emmaus Homes: 100 years, 1893-1993: Marthasville [&] St. Charles, Missouri. Emmaus 100th Anniversary Committee?, 1994? 88 pp.: ill., ports.; 29 cm.
Founded in 1893 in Marthasville, Mo. by the German Evangelical Synod of North America (now the United Church of Christ). Marthasville site was originally Marthasville Seminary, forerunner of Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Mo.[Prepared by historian Ralph Gregory; photographer Leo Diehl ; co-editors Bernice Painter and Herman Brewe.] Title from cover.
Donated by J Tiedemann, November 2014.

“Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 48, 2013, pp. 59-164.
Includes bibliographical references.
Family Ties in Beer Business: August Krug, Joseph Schlitz and the Uihleins / Uwe Spiekermann — Keeping it in the Family: the Schoellkopfs and Serial Entrpreneurship Across Generations / Benjamin Schwantes — German-American Banking Firms and American Development, 1860-1945, an overview / Atiba Pertilla.

Beam, C. Richard. “Der Ziegdaag: An Interview with Paul B. Horning.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 12, no. 4, Fall 2005, pp. 4-5.
Portion of a longer interview in Pennsylvania Dutch , originally published in two parts in the Ephrata Shopping News on May 18 and 22, 2002. The story involves details of “der Ziegdaag” (Moving Day), which traditionally took place on April 1st in the 19th century, and was when “those changing residences moved out of their homes and into another. . . The move was accomplished with all horse-drawn equipment, . . . [and] the first wagon to arrive at the new home was the “Offewaage,” so that the kitchen could be set up. . . [for] the noon meal.” Includes an English translation of 20 words that appear in the text.

Frizzell, Robert W. “An Instance of the Rape of German Women in Civil War Missouri.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 48, 2013, pp. 25-31.
Includes bibliographical references.
Discusses an instance of probable gang rape in a German settlement by a group of bushwackers in LaFayette County, western Missouri, near the end of the Civil War, as reported nearly sixty years after it was witnessed by the then-eleven-year-old Louis A. Meyer.

Fry, Dorathy. “Noch de Karresiering, no Glebbert’s = After the Courtship, Then the Serenade.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 9, no. 1, Winter 2002, pp. 5-7, ill.
Play in Pennsylvania Dutch, with English translation and footnotes. The play was first performed in 1951 at the Kutztown Folk Festival.

Gebben, Claire. The Last of the Blacksmiths. Seattle, WA: Coffeetown Press, 2014. 334 pp.: map ; 23 cm.
Novel about Michael Harm, farmer’s son in the Bavarian Palatinate, who emigrates to Cleveland in 1857 to apprentice to a relative who is a blacksmith. He experiences rioting, bigotry directed at immigrants, a cruel master, a rival in romance, the Civil War, and ultimately the encroaching machine age which will eliminate the need for his skills.
Donated by the author, January 2014.

Glatfelter, Charles H. “A Tribute to Rev. Frederick S. Weiser, 1935-2009.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 15, no. 3, Winter 2009, pp. [1]-13.
Weiser was a Lutheran pastor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a chaplain in Germantown, Pennsylvania; an archivist at the Gettysburg Seminary; and pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran church in Biglerville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He had interests in genealogy and history, translated parish registers from German, wrote several congregational histories, and wrote on Pennsylvania German life and culture. Includes a partial list of his writings and translations.

Good, Noah G. “Six Henner Stories.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 10, no. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 14-20.
Henner is the main character in a series of Pennsylvania Dutch stories about growing up on a Brecknock Township farm in Lancaster County. Includes “Gmee im Hossesack,” “Der Papp grickt sich neie gleeder,” “Die Wutzlin un der Hochmut,” “Saag yuscht: Es is en schwatzer Esel,” “Dann gehne mir heem,” and “Der Esel hot mir die Hosse gfresse.”

Horst, Isaac R. “Poems of the Late Isaac R. Horst.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 15, no. 1, Summer 2009, pp. 7-13.
Pennsylvania German poems: “Die alt Saegmiehl,” “Es is Winder,” “Abgepenscheniert,” “Wann’s Zeit is fer Uffschteh,” “Verenneringe uff der Bauerei,” “Der Bischof Bensch Eewe,” “Eegelob,” “Em Jeck sie Sarye,” “Die allehand Schtubb,” “Der Gross is Geschtarwe,” “Die Yakobschteddel Miehl,” “Die Gwilding,” “Der glatteis Schtrom 1893,” “Die Walnis Bissness,” “Neu Yahr Eiweihe 1997,” “Schlusswatt.”

———. “Translations of Poems by Isaac R. Horst.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 15, no. 1, Summer 2009, pp. 14-19.
“The Old Sawmill on the River Shore (Tune of Nellie Gray),” “It Is Winter,” “Pensioned Off,” “When It’s Time to Get Up,” “Changes on the Farm,” “Bishop Ben Eby,” “Praising Self,” “Jake and His Worries,” “The Miscellaneous Room,” “A Great Man Passes,” “The Old St. Jacobs Mill (Tune of Nellie Gray),” “The Quilting Bee,” “The Ice Storm of 1893,” “The Walnut Business,” “New Year’s Dedication, 1997,” “Epilogue.”

Kessler, Frank. “The German Saturday Language Schools in the USA–A Possible Source of Inspiration for the Pennsylvania Germans.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 13, no. 4, Fall 2006, pp. 11-14.
Provides a brief history of private German language schools (Saturday Schools) in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Houston, and elsewhere; and details on who attends these schools.

Lorenzkowski, Barbara. “Border Crossings: the Making of German Identities in the New World, 1850-1914.” University of Ontario, 2002. x, 385 leaves : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
Thesis (Ph. D.)–University of Ottawa, 2002.  Also available on Microfiche, University Microfilms International, 2003. Includes bibliographical references.
Exploring the evolution of German identities in two localities, Berlin (Ontario) and Buffalo (New York), the author examines what happened to “Germanness” in the broader Canadian and American cultures, including changes in language, singing societies, and schooling.

Mensendiek, C. William. “A Man for His Times: The Life and Thought of David Bowman Schneder, Missionary to Japan, 1887-1938.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 12, no.  4, Fall 2005, pp. 6-14, ill.
Originally published in 1972 by the Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan. Schneder was born in Bowmansville, Lancaster County, and his native tongue was Pennsylvania German.

Myers, Tamar. Batter Off Dead: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes. Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries. New York, N.Y.: Obsidian/New American Library/Penguin, 2009. 263 pp.; 22 cm.
During a church breakfast, Minerva J. Jay, known for her prodigious appetite, slumps over after ingesting several stacks of pancakes. Police Chief Chris Ackerman wonders if the serving of the fatal flapjacks is a case of assault and batter. Recipes from “Pancakes A to Z” by Marie Simmons.
Donated by Dale McIntyre, March 2015.

Natzke, Royal W. Pioneer Church Records Speak: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kirchhayn (Jackson), Wisconsin, 1847-1974. Jackson, Wis.: Jackson Historical Society, 2014. xvi, 220 pp., ill.
Contains translations of church registers (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, etc.) for the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kirchhayn (Jackson) Wisconsin, which was founded in 1847 by German Lutherans from Pomerania. Tells the story of the church from its beginnings, its early growth, the serious split of 1876, the reconciliation in 1894, and the decline which included the closing of the school in 1929, and the closing service (a funeral) in 1974. Contents: Annotated chronology — Church registers — Pomeranian background of Immanuel’s “Old Lutherans” — Immanuel story gleaned from early fragmentary records — Stories the three main record sources tell — Ministry staff — Property — Worship — Transitioning from German to English — Conflict/Zion/Reconciliation 1876-1894 — What does this mean? The author’s ancestors were involved in the founding of Immanual Lutheran.
Donated by Jim Danielsen and Royal Natzke.

Ressler, Merrill Q. “In die Schof Benn.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 14, no. 4, Fall 2007-Winter 2009, pp. 1-3.
Pennsylvania German dialect sermon given at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fleetwood, Nov. 14, 2004.

Roelen, Martin Wilhelm. “Georg Friedrich Veenfliet, ein Weseler Forty-Eighter.” 16 pp.: ill., map.
Includes bibliographical references. Off-print of article, no publication information provided.
Brief biography of Veenfliet (also Veenvliet, Veenvlieth), born April 2, 1813, in Wesel, friend of Friedrich von Beust, August von Willich, and Friedrich and Mathilde Franziska Anneke while in Germany. Charged with treason in early 1849, he fled to Holland, was joined by his wife and then-five children, and all emigrated via Rotterdam to Detroit (December 1849), after which they settled in “Cheboygaene / Blumfield” (Bloomfield), Michigan. There he took up the rural, farming life and participated in local civic activities until his death March 29, 1896. Author Roelen has written about the history and people of the Wesel area researched from the library and city archives.
Donated by Karyl Rommelfanger, May 2015.

Schurz, Carl. “Present Aspects of the Indian Problem (July 1881).” The North American Review, vol. 258, no. 4, Special Heritage Issue: the Indian Question, 1823-1973, Winter 1973, pp. 45-54.
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Schurz advocates an Indian policy that does not “stand in the way of . . . the development of the country.”

Slifer, Frank. “‘Der Umgeschickt Menschefanger’: A Three-Act Pennsylvania German Play by the Women’s Guild of the Maxatawny Reformed Charge.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 20, no. 4, Fall 2014, pp. 3-26.
In the mid-1930s, Rev. Dr. Franklin D. Slifer, pastor of the Maxatawny Reformed Charge in Berks County, wrote this dialect play about detective Otto Schmaltz, recently certified via a mail-order course in detection. His first case is to locate Arabella, daughter of Capt. Schmidt, who has eloped with Johnny Gretz. Schmaltz’s efforts are complicated by the escape of two residents of the local insane asylum. The play was originally performed by an all- female cast, and was revived and staged in 1985 by the Goschenhoppen Historians.

Sperling, Della Clason. “The Legacy of Ferdinand A. Brader (Swiss, 1833-1901).” Swiss American Historical Society Review, vol. 51, no. 1, February 2015, pp. 1-17.
Historical biography of the Swiss-American landscape artist who made his drawings in Pennsylvania and Ohio from 1879-1895.
Swank, Scott T., et al. Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans. (Pennsylvania German Society. Publications, 17.) New York, N.Y.: Published for the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum by Norton, 1983. x, 309 pp. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: The German Fragment — The Architectural Landscape — Proxemic Patterns — From Dumb Dutch to Folk Heroes — Henry Francis du Pont & Pennsylvania German Folk Art — German Influences in Pennsylvania Furniture — Pennsylvania German Earthenware — Pennsylvania German Glass — Metalwork — Household Textiles — Fraktur — German Language Books, Periodicals, & Manuscripts.Includes index. Also in Wisconsin Historical Society.
Donated by C.E. Degner, April 2015.

Trommler, Frank, and  Elliott Shore, Herausgeber. Deutsch-amerikanische Begegnungen: Konflikt und Kooperation im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. (The German-American Encounter: Conflict and Cooperation between Two Cultures.)  Stuttgart [Germany]: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2001. 456 pp, illustrations ; 22 cm.
Leading historians, social scientists, and literary scholars from both sides of the Atlantic come together to investigate, for the first time in a broad interdisciplinary collaboration, the nexus of these interactions in view of current and future challenges to German-American relations.
Contents: Der deutsche Anteil an der amerikanischen Geschichte — Der amerikanische Anteil an der deutschen Geschichte — Die neue transatlantische Ordnung.Lectures and discussions from a conference held in 1999 in Philadelphia, Pa. See the U.S. edition “The German-American Encounter,” published by Berghahn Books, New York.

Trout, Jennifer L. “Saffran or Saff(e)rich Among the Pennsylvania Dutch of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.” Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies (Millersville University), vol. 13, no. 1, Fall 2006, pp. 3-7, ill.
The author describes her own family’s experiences with the growing, picking, cleaning, and use of saffron.

Waffel, Derek. “Friedrich Wilhelm Wehle, Artist of Biblical and Religious Pictures.” Historical Footnotes.  Concordia Historical Institute (Saint Louis, MO), vol. 58, no. 1, Spring 2013, pp. 1-5.
Published by the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Concordia Historical Institute.
“Wilhelm” Wehle was born in Jonsdorf by Zittau in Saxony, emigrated from Dresden in 1866 through New York to attend Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and moved with his wife and children to Milwaukee in 1879 where he lived the rest of his life.  He was known during his lifetime as a talented artist of biblical and religious scenes including portraits and altar pieces, and lithograph copies of his works were found in homes and churches across the country.

Weiser, Frederick S., and Howell J. Heaney, comps. The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of the Free Library of Philadelphia: An Illustrated Catalogue. Vol. 1-2. Pennsylvania German Society. Publications, vol. 10-11. Breinigsville, PA: Pennsylvania German Society; Philadelphia: The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1976. [xxxiii, 102, 107] leaves : ill. ; 25 x 27 cm.
Two hundred and seventy-seven pieces are described and reproduced in color in vol. 1, black and white illustrations accompany the descriptions in vol. 2 for numbers 278-1021. Photography by William B. Daub and Robert G. Hostetter; translations by Larry M. Neff and Frederick S. Weiser. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Donated by C. E. Degner, La Grange, Texas.

Werner, Michael, editor. Hiwwe wie Driwwe. Ober-Olm, Germany ; Kutztown, PA: Deutsch-Pennsylvanisches Archiv & Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown University. Vol. 1 – , no. 1 – , 1997 -, 16 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
In “Pennsylvaanisch-Deitsch.”
The only periodical published completely in Pennsylvania-German dialect “serving the interests of Pennsylvania Germans and Palatinates on both sides of the Atlantic,” this publication is sent to dialect authors and other speakers of the dialect in the U.S.A., Canada, and the Rhenish Palatinate and also to cultural and scientific institutions in North America and Germany. It contains news articles, announcements, cultural and historical information, stories, poems, and language lessons.

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Family Histories and Archives

Kaess, Brian Paul. Kaess Ochiltree Swartz Family History. [Durango, Mexico]: the author, 2015. [46] pp.
Families referred to in this genealogy with German backgrounds: Kurtz (Rev. Johann Nicolaus Kurtz emigrated in 1745 from Luetzellinden, Nassau-Weilberg; died in Baltimore, Maryland); Goering (Rev. Jacob Goering, Jr., was born 1755 in York, Pennsylvania); Haller (emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania, then to Virginia. John Jacob Haller served in the York County, Pennsylvania, militia during the American Revolutionary War. Dr. Jacob Draper Haller was a surgeon in the Confederate army); Nye (Priscilla Malinda Nye, born 1805, and married to Dr. Jacob Draper Haller, was Pennsylvania Dutch); Eschenfelter (Pennsylvania Dutch, emigrated to Pennsylvania then settled in Virginia); Swarz/Swartz (German-American family. John Swartz, born 1792, married Hannah Eschenfelter, also born 1792. The Swartz family of this history lived predominantly in Virginia. Joseph Godfrey Swartz served in the Confederate army). Swartz’s served during WW2 and other wars and conflicts); Kulhanek (origins in Germany, emigrated to Venezuela and then settled in America before 1970); Kaess (Gerd Edwin Paul Kaess born 1947 in Heutingsheim, Germany; emigrated to America in 1965; died 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. Father of the author, Brian Paul Kaess, and his twin brother, Garret Thomas Kaess). Other family surnames in this history: Ochiltree, with origins in Scotland; Leech, Kyle, Gibboney, Baldwin, Major, Mansfield, Dawson, Langley, Yellowlees, Watkins, Gallerizzo, Edvalson, Norton, Wutzke, Villagomez, Anderson, Altschuler, Elliott, Ellsberry, Brown, Dorschke (family located in Germany), Urbina (Spanish-speaking family located in Durango, Mexico).
Donated by Brian Paul Kaess.

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