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Editorial. . . Niagara County to mark arrival of immigrants 175 years

What do we pay them for? Churches in some Niagara County, in fairly large groups, in dedicate their annual dinner to the
County communities this year 1843. Another wave came in 1846, 175th anniversary on Oct. 27, with
will be celebrating the 175th anni- but many Prussians continued to a program presented by the three

As this issue of The German Citizen went to press we received the versary of the establishment of emigrate to join friends and rela- original churches, noting their his-

news that NY State elected officials passed a budget. Not long before their congregations and arrival of tives after that. tory.

that, the federal government passed one as well. their ancestors in America in 1843. The original congregations in Meanwhile, the Heimat Muse-

It made us wonder: What do we pay our elected officials for? To In 1817 King Frederick Wil- Niagara County include Holy um in Brüssow in Brandenburg ,

pass legislation and manage the finances of that level of government, helm II of Prussia decreed that Ghost in Bergholz, St. Peter’s in Germany will commemorate the

right? Wrong. They can’t seem to get the basics right. Protestant churches would be Walmore, both in Wheatfield, and 175th anniversary of the start of

For example, the NY State Comptroller stated: "Still, there are combined into his State Union St. Martin’s in the Martinsville the emigration of thousands of Old

areas of concern. As in past years, the budget negotiation process was Church, and use a new worship area of North Tonawanda. Lutherans from the Uckermark re-

mostly done behind closed doors, leaving the public in the dark about book. Preliminary plans for this year gion. The Uckermark is northeast

how taxpayer money will be spent. My office will provide a more He assumed everyone would at the churches includes compiling of Berlin, near the border with

detailed analysis of the enacted budget in the coming weeks." comply, but Lutherans did not a cookbook to preserve many old Poland and contains many of the

And, with regards to the federal expenditures it is a constant race agree with the new doctrine. They family recipes, holding a chil- ancestral villages.

against a “government shutdown.” This year Congress approved a continued their services, and be- dren’s picnic as was done for The Museum will hold an

$1.3 trillion spending plan – 2,232 pages long – about 17 hours after came known as “Old Lutherans.” many generations, having a pot event on May 13, with a few de-

the ink had dried. How many of our politicians took the Evelyn Wood The king was angry about the non- luck dinner (traditional church ac- scendants of the Old Lutherans

Speed Reading Course? compliance, and in about 1830, he tivity!) and holding a special ser- attending. If you would like to join

We should be outraged that they have to pass a budget in order to started to persecute the pastors and vice. us in Brüssow, contact Elaine

know what’s in it. leaders of those congregations. The Historical Society of Timm, 716-471-2217.

After much discussion, many North German Settlements, started Future events for the 175th an-

members decided to leave Prussia by Eugene Camann in the early niversary will be included in the

and emigrate to America, Austra- 1970s to preserve the history and German Citizen newspaper and

Published by lia, and other places. This involved heritage of the Old Lutherans, will other public outlets.

Buffalo Standard Printing February-March selling most of their possessions Genealogy conference set for June
3620 Harlem Rd. April-May for the shipfare, and saying good-
June-July bye to friends and relatives, who from page 1 through attendance at related
Cheektowaga, NY 14215 they would never see again. meetings in Niagara County, and
716-831-8013 Oktoberfest Guide sulate of Buffalo, will be able to joined the organization 33 years
August-September Many of these Old Lutherans attend the conference. ago. She learned of its national October-November started arriving in Buffalo in 1839, prominence, with other active
December-January and some went on to Wisconsin. Additionally, two years ago, chapters in Ohio, Pennsylvania,
For Advertising Sales call: Later immigrants came to Niagara the International German Genea-
Michelle Kisluk or logical Partnership was estab-
Steve Kroczynski

lished, comprised of 100 Colorado, North Carolina and In-

Buffalo-Dortmund Sister Cities organizations that embraced the diana.

link in German culture between The national PalAm organiza-

America and Germany. tion is dedicated to finding Ger-

celebrates unique partnership Interested in genealogy and her man-speaking ancestors and their
own family tree since she was 6 place of origin, from such places

from page 1 ment chairs, CEOs of three major Dortmund to include investment, years old, Schmeider said several as Germany, Austria, Alsace,
Dortmund corporations and the education and development," En- trips to Germany in her childhood Switzerland, Luxemburg, Lichten-
Carl Duisberg Society. Morgen- German press. A reception will be gle said. piqued her curiosity. stein, Poland, Russia, Denmark,
roth became enamored with Buffa- held at the Marriott Harbor Center Netherlands, East Prussia, and oth-
lo and its similarities to Dortmund, followed by a tour of Canalside. Engle added that he became "There was a lot of connec- er German-speaking areas. The or-
and the idea of formulating a Hon- familiarized with Dortmund back tion," said Scmeider. "We sat with ganization has online databases
orary German Consul in Buffalo Additionally, there will be a in 1982 when he traveled there as German relatives and family, and I that can connect individuals inter-
was presented to then-Buffalo special viewing of a German soc- part of the exchange program that got to know the heritage. I under- ested in such genealogy with other
Mayor Stanley Makowski. cer match at the Hertel Avenue bar had been directed by German stand German (language). In the researchers seeking the same fam-
Mes Que, followed by a ceremony teacher at St. Joe's Dan Scanlon. In 1960s, we went there and saw lo- ily names. Various navigational
In early 1976, officials of the for a dedicated park at the corner 2011, he and his wife took their cal churches, which were very in- tools are available on the sites.
Dortmund Cultural Affairs organi- of Busti Avenue and Niagara four daughters to Dortmund as part teresting. I always kept the family
zation visited Buffalo laid the Street, with mayors Brown and of a five-week vacation to Europe, tree going, after my father had For more information on the
groundwork for a visit by a contin- Sierau participating. where they stayed for two nights started doing so." conference, or to register, call
gent from Buffalo representatives with the same host family he had (585) 813-3417 or visit
to Dortmund in the fall of 1976. Additional welcoming events met in 1982. She gradually became interest-
that weekend include a visit to ed in the PalAm organization
A Buffalo delegation was es-

tablished and included various Niagara Falls, a private reception It was learned that the Sister

City administrators making a at Buffalo State College, a meet- Cities co-op was still active, and

memorable trip to Dortmund, and and-greet with Niagara Falls May- Engle became again interested in

the Sister Cities Committee was or Paul Dyster, a tour of the Col. related activities. His wife, Lynn,

implemented by the mayors of Ward Pumping Station, a meeting who was also a program alum,

both cities. Several groups from at Buffalo City Hall with members now serves as director of the ex-

Dortmund visited Buffalo in 1977, of the Erie Canal Harbor Develop- change program and has instituted

and two years later, Mayor Griffin ment Corporation, and a tour of it as a co-ed opportunity in WNY.

made his visit to Dortmund. Sever- the new medical corridor followed Also, the program has been ex-

al other Sister agreements over by a luncheon hosted at UB. panded through Buffalo State Col-

time were established, including The Buffalo Dortmund Sister lege where Lynn teaches German.

Sister theaters, schools and even Cities Committee is a volunteer The January term program there is

baseball teams. group that meets once a month, a three-week German intensive

Coming to Buffalo comprised of former exchange language program offered to all

Mayor Sierau is leading a dele- program directors, German facul- SUNY students, with participating

gation of about 20 persons, per the ty, and persons involved as host students living with a host family

invitation of current Buffalo May- families. Engle has served as com- while in Dortmund.

or Byron Brown, to Buffalo the mittee president since 2016, with For more information about

weekend of April 14-16, 2018. his focus being to "promote the the Buffalo Dortmund Sister Cities

This delegation also includes committee throughout Western Committee, visit its Facebook

Dortmund City Council members, New York." page at

its head of economic development, "As one of the most active Sis-

the chancellor of Technical Uni- ter City programs in Buffalo, it's changeprogram/ or the website

versity Dortmund and two depart- our goal to expand the efforts with;

2 • • April - May 2018 or call (716) 970-0079.
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