The Disappearance of German-Iowans
Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Presentation by Dr. Jeremy Best, ISU Department of History
In every county of Iowa, family trees have their roots in ancestors who immigrated from Germany. Into the 1970s more new Iowans emigrated to the state from Germany than any other country. Across the United States, German-Americans outnumber any other ethnicity. And yet, aside from local festivals and beer-selling Oktoberfests, there is no German-American “St. Boniface’s Day” to match the Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day. How did this come to be? This lecture will discuss the historical events around World War I that largely erased German-American identity from the state.
Partners: Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Iowa State University Department of History, Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Story County Genealogical Society, University of Iowa, Humanities Iowa, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa International Programs, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Chicago.