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  • The Life and Experiences of a Layman – written by Charles Boller, Sunday School Superintendent of the First Church of the Evangelical Community at the corner of Spruce and Sycamore.
  • The Life of the Reverend J. An. A. Grabau – Imprisoned for his religious beliefs, Pastor Grabau emigrated from Prussia with his congregation in 1839. This biography describes a prison escape, a perilous journey across the Atlantic, and 3 distinct schisms in the Evangelical Lutheran population of Buffalo.






Church History




  • A Comprehensive Development of Our Waterfront – A 1927 article from Town Tidings.
  • Buffalo and It’s German Community – Translation of the history of Buffalo from a German perspective. The work is divided into 4 sections:
      • Parts I and II: The History of Buffalo on pages 1 – 79
      • Part IIIA: A series of biographies of German citizens in Buffalo on pages 80 – 336
      • Part IIIB: A series of profiles of prominent businesses and businessmen on pages 1 – 14
      • Part IV: Niagara Falls and its German Community on pages 1 – 24
  • History of the Germans in Buffalo and Erie County
    This is an oversized book. The first few pages will seem ridiculously large. I maintained the size so that the print on the pages is readable. It’s a case of sacrificing aesthetics to practicality.

      • Part 1 – this section is on pages 5 through 338 of the text and is in English and German. The English text has been transcribed with notes added where the German text differs from the English.
      • An Index to the Pictures and Illustrations of Part 1
      • Part 2 – Translation of the biographical sketches on pages 1 – 120.
  • The Life and Experiences of a Layman – written by Charles Boller, Sunday School Superintendent of the First Church of the Evangelical Community at the corner of Spruce and Sycamore.
  • The Book of Germans in America – Selections from the 948-page Das Buch der Deutschen in America published in 1909 by the National German-American Alliance (“The Bund”).



Names & Surnames



Newspapers and Journals






  • Hildebrand’s Song – a fragment from the Old High German circa 850.
  • Walther von der Vogelweide – Under the Linden, a poem which made quite a fuss in its day for raising a peasant topic to a courtly form, and I sat upon a Stone, our wandering minstrel’s report of 13th Century politics.
  • Mourning for a Devastated Germany, 1637 by Andreas Gryphius
  • Life and the Ideal – Friedrich Schiller was the poet, who wrote the words which put the joy in Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. “Das Ideal und das Leben”, as it is called in German, represents the poet’s struggle to unite the classical knowledge of antiquity with the modern advances of late 18th Century science and the Philosophy of the Age of Reason. It’s a monster of a poem, but if nothing else take a good look at the 8th stanza, which starts “If the dead aspire to creation”.
  • Goethe – Goethe’s exploration of the soul of man in relation to his world provided a major change in thought and helped lead the way to the modern study of psychology. Goethe’s autobiography, Part I.
  • Friedrich Hölderlin’s Bread and Wine No. 7 not only influenced the German Romantic Movement. It also influenced 20th Century German Philosophy. This poem is the basis of Martin Heidegger’s essay What are Poets for?.
  • Heinrich Heine – In the introduction to his book 1985 Anthony Burgess wrote “Revolutions are usually the work of disgruntled intellectuals with the gift for gab.” Exiled from Germany because of his political beliefs and his Jewish heritage, Heine had good reason to be disgruntled. Here are two fine examples: The Silesian Weavers, in support of the weavers’ work strikes of the 1840s and The Valkyrie, with an explanation after the poem.
    As an example of Post Romantic Pessimism: The Rite of Spring
  • Your Absent but Devoted Husband: A poem by a German singer participating at the Pan-American Exposition, transcribed in the June 24, 1901 edition of the Buffalo Volksfreund.
  • Hyacinths by Theodore Storm.
  • Lullaby by Clemens Brentano.
  • The Fall Day and Departure by Rainer Maria Rilke.
  • Venus and Mars – Poems which interpret the relationships of men and women.
  • This Life is a Pumpkin by Daniel Casper von Lohenstein, 1680.
  • The Lederhose Saga by Baron von Münchhausen, 1911.
  • Two Poems by Ilse Frapan




  • The Pastry Cook Illustrated – an 1854 edition of architectural cake designs by Antonin Carème of Paris. In French with limited translations.




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