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A NEWSPAPER SERVING THE GERMAN-AMERICANS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK
AUSTRIA • GERMANY • LIECHTENSTEIN • SWITZERLAND

Vol. 7 No. 4 August - September 2019 Issue Complimentary

Historical society preserves history, culture

of Prussian immigrants and their descendants

Sponsors programs,

maintains museum,

genealogical library

by Alfred Karney

Attending the monthly meet-
ings of the Historical Soci-
ety of North German Settlements Genealogist with Germanic expertise
in Western New York, one can- speaks at conference in Rochester
not help but notice the pride that

its Uckermark-descendant mem- by Linda Schmieder

bers take in their history and cul- James Beidler, BA, an internationally known genealogist with an
ture. expertise in German genealogy, spoke at the NY Chapter of

The 20 or so members who Palatines to America (PalAm), a German genealogy group’s spring

come to the meetings create a meeting in Rochester, NY on April 27, 2019.

warm and relaxed atmosphere to He has written several books able clues to assist one with lo-

recount the migration of their and is a featured columnist and cating the area their ancestor

ancestors from Bergholz and
Wallmow, Germany, and what it that the society has an annual foot hand hewn, garrison-type editor for numerous genealogy came from.
was like growing up in the German home-made dinner in log cabin but now covered with magazines. Beidler is a well- He said there were two great
Wheatfield area in the mid-20th October that is limited to 100 clapboard, it features a sitting known resource for genealogists waves of Germanic emigration,
room, tells the story of the mi- researching their Germanic fam- for example, those emigrating in
century. people and usually sells out.

Recently, the society has had According to Schultz, the gration and includes an exhibit ily trees. Members and non- the 1700s were mostly from the
programs on the history of St. group’s ancestors fled religious illustrating how the people lived members of PalAm attended. Palatinate, Saarland, Baden,
Peter’s Church in Bergholz and persecution in 1843 and made in the past. It was donated to the Beidler stressed how impor- Wuertemberg and Alsace areas.
that of St. Martin’s in North their home in the Wheatfield- early settlers by Washington tant it is for those researching Those leaving in the 1800s were
Tonawanda as well as on a trip North Tonawanda-Niagara Falls Hunt, an agent of the Holland their family trees to know in mostly from the Saxony, Pomer-
Land Company who later be- what century their Germanic an- ania, Brandenburg, Bavarian,
that several members made to area.
The society’s three-building came governor of New York. cestors immigrated to the United Prussian and Posen areas.
Uckermark.
continued on page 2 States. This will provide valu-
It sponsors a German Christ- museum complex at 2549 Niaga- continued on page 5

mas carol sing-along every De- ra Rd., Wheatfield, serves to ed-

cember. In October, 2017, the ucate the general public about

society sponsored a day-long the community’s history and cul-

program including a worship ser- ture. Schultz said that 400-500

vice and lectures presented by people visit each year and many

scholars to commemorate the of these are public or parochial

500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 school students on a field trip.

Theses. This program featured a The museum is open to the gen-

dinner with dishes that were eral public from 2 - 4 p.m. Sun-

common fare in the 16th century. days from May to October and 5

John Schultz, the society’s to 10 people visit on a typical

president, said that there have Sunday.

also been programs on the Prus- The museum’s three build-

sian migration, Paleolithic art in ings are Das Haus, Ein Haus and

the area that millennia later be- Der Stall.

came Germany and on the According to the society’s

Schoellkopf power plant land- website, Das Haus was built in

slide. In addition, he mentioned 1843. Initially a 19-foot by 27-

The completed Haseley Ein haus project.
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