- Population: 81.3 million
- Languages: German (official)
- Main religions: Protestant (34%), Roman Catholic (34%), Unaffiliated (28%), Muslim (4%)
- Local population: About 45,000 of German ancestry
- Why they came here: German immigrants in the 1800s were seeking work at the
area's textile mills or positions as skilled craftsmen or farmers.
- When they came: German immigrants were some of the first Europeans to settle in the Mohawk Valley, and German
military leaders such as Gens. Herkimer and Steuben played an important role in the Revolutionary War. More Germans moved to the area
in the 1800s.
- "News from the Land of Freedom: German Immigrants Write Home," by Walter Kamphoefner
- "Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America," by Aaron Spencer Fogleman
From left: Utica Maennerchor members Ray Beck, who is wearing his singer's uniform, Karl Schmidt, who is also a singer, and Fred Schwenzfeier, a former singer, gather with their wives for a meal and singing at the club's second Liederabend "Sing-a-Long" on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Credit:Jason Rossi/Observer-Dispatch
Two members of the Utica Maennerchor carry in the ceremonial barrel of beer for the annual Bavarian Festival. Credit: Lisa Kapps
Learn how the Utica Maennerchor is helping to keep German heritage alive locally