Dr. Wolfgang Grams at Kolping Center
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Grams of Oldenburg, Germany, one of the most knowledgeable experts on the German migration experience. Reservations are not required. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Travel Patterns During the Ages of Sail and Steam
Early pioneers from the Palatinate, Württemberg, Baden, Bavaria and Switzerland sailed from Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Le Havre - via British ports - to the new colonies. These pioneer travel patterns changed with the opening of the port of Bremerhaven in 1830. The 1830s-1850s mark the shift from the age of sail to the age of steam. By the 1860s a complete network of railroads and Atlantic steamers including routes, harbors, agents and services was established. Reliable schedules, bigger ships and improved services of competing European shipping companies transformed early human cargo into paying customers. Stories of dramatic journeys and interesting characters bring these travel patterns to life.
The Pursuit of Happiness, Faith, Land and Hope
The American Declaration of Independence inspired hope in millions of people living in Germany’s feudal society by offering the opportunity for the “pursuit of happiness.” This lecture presents a cause analysis and a timeline of German history. It discusses living conditions and social, political and economic patterns through autobiographical studies: from Franz Daniel Pastorius and the passengers of the Concord (known as the German Mayflower) in 1683 Germantown, Pennsylvania to the land-seekers of the nineteenth century and the German delis and shops in cities like Cincinnati.