German Columbus

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 128 pages
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German Columbus celebrates the lives and work of the

German immigrants who made their homes and their

livelihoods in a tight-knit, cohesive neighborhood in the

Old South End of Columbus, Ohio. Natives of Germany arrived in the capital city as early as its founding in 1812, but it was only after 1830, when new transportation routes from the east facilitated travel, that a major wave of German immigration began. By the 1850s, the area just south of downtown Columbus had a distinct flavor, with school lessons and church services conducted entirely in German and with several newspapers printed in the German language to serve the community. Merchants, business owners, and brewers, the hard-working Germans were the

largest immigrant group in the city, totaling a third of the population through the end of the 19th century. Later, a shift in public opinion against immigrants and anti-German sentiment arising from World War I resulted in a rapid assimilation of Germans into the general population. Today, some of the Old South End survives in historic areas such as the Brewery District and German Village.

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A fascinating and deeply informative architectural history and guide to one of Ohio's most impressive areas.


Growth of the South End
Downtown South and the Market Exchange District
4 The Breweries
The Old German Neighborhood
Renewal and Rebirth
A Walk Through Todays German Columbus

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About the author (2005)

Jeffrey T. Darbee and Nancy A. Recchie make their home in German Village and work throughout Ohio as historic preservation consultants. With over 30 years of experience in the field, they tapped numerous public and private sources for historic images and vintage photographs to bring to life the story of German Columbus.

Nancy A. Recchie and Jeffrey T. Darbee are historic preservation consultants and urban historians in Columbus. This is their third book for Arcadia Publishing.

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