Germans in Louisville: A History

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C. Robert Ulrich, Victoria A. Ulrich
Arcadia Publishing, Mar 21, 2008 - History - 63 pages

Discover the German influence on the Derby City in this collection of historical essays.

The first German immigrants arrived in Louisville nearly two hundred years ago. By 1850, they represented nearly twenty percent of the population, and they influenced every aspect of daily life, from politics to fine art. In 1861, Moses Levy opened the famed Levy Brothers department store. Kunz’s “The Dutchman” Restaurant was established as a wholesale liquor establishment in 1892 and then became a delicatessen and, finally, a restaurant in 1941. Carl Christian Brenner, an emigrant from Lauterecken, Bavaria, gained notoriety as the most important Kentucky landscape artist of the nineteenth century. C. Robert and Victoria A. Ullrich edit a collection of historical essays about German immigrants and their fascinating past in the Derby City.


Foreword by Greg Fischer Acknowledgements
Immigration Xenophobia and Bloody Monday
Catholic Churches
Franciscan Friars
Ursuline Sisters and Catholic Schools
Protestant Churches
Protestant and Secular Schools
Singing Societies
The Turners
Germans in the Mexican War and the Civil
Agriculture and Food Industries
Whiskey Industries
Hotels and Restaurants

German Christian Orphanages Hospitals and Elder Care
Jewish Community and Synagogues
Saloons and Beer Gardens
Dry Goods and Department Stores
Bakeries and Confectioneries

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

C. Robert Ullrich is a Louisville native and a fourth-generation German American. He is an alumnus of the University of Louisville and the University of Illinois. He recently retired from the University of Louisville, where he was a professor of civil and environmental engineering for thirty-eight years. He is a member of the German-American Club Gesangverein, the Society for German-American Studies and the Sister Cities of Louisville Mainz Committee.Victoria A. Birchler Ullrich, a Louisville native, is a fourth-generation German American and Swiss American. She is an alumna of the University of Louisville and a former medical technologist, having been employed in clinical and research laboratories. She is a member of the German-American Club Gesangverein, and is the president of its Germanic Heritage Auxiliary. She is a member of the Swiss American Historical Society, the Swiss Ladies Society and the Society for German-American Studies.Mayor of Louisville