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German-American Heritage Museum
719 6th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
The German-Americans of Baltimore
The history and role of Baltimore as second-largest port of entry for German immigrants
Lecture by Dr. Nicholas Fessenden Historian, Baltimore Immigration Museum
Followed by Kaffee & Kuchen (coffee & cake)
Cost: $10; $8 for GAHF members and students (please bring ID)
When we think of European immigration in the 19th century, images of Lady Liberty in New York City’s harbor come to mind – along with promises of freedom and a new start in life. However, European and particularly German immigrants also arrived in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It may come as a surprise that Baltimore and its port were the second-largest point of entry for German migrants during the Great Wave of 1830-1914. Many moved westward, following the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, but others stayed and left their mark in Baltimore where approximately one quarter of the population was German during the second half of the 19th century. Find out what happened to these immigrants; trace their footsteps, and their impact on Maryland’s largest city.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a traditional German Kaffeezeit. An afternoon with coffee and cake/pastries is still a popular way to get together with family and friends in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Enjoy this sweet tradition of a cup of coffee, and a slice of delicious cake.
Nicholas Fessenden, Ph.D., a Maryland resident since 1972, taught history at the high school and college level in the Baltimore area. Since his retirement in 2010, he has served on the board of the Baltimore Immigration Museum, helping to establish and operate the museum, which opened to the public in May 2016.