As a German – American sometimes I wonder what in specific does German influence have in the United States? I never would have guessed that one of the officers fighting for the colonists in the Revolutionary War was from Germany and didn't even speak English. Not only was he Inspector General but he is credited with bringing pride and discipline to the our troops.
If you were raised with some German discipline like me you know that it can be harsh, but later on in life you see how it helped keep your head on straight, and you were proud and thankful.
Well that discipline is what Friedrich Von Steuben brought to the rag tag bunch of well meaning farmers that Washington had enlisted as our fighting force against the British army. General Washington was tired of losing battles and his militia was dispirited and falling apart. He gave Baron Von Steuben the task of teaching the men how to be an organized, proud fighting team.
Von Steuben is celebrated in the
United States with parades
The Steuben House
The home of Friedrich Von Steuben on the Hackensack River in Bergen County, New Jersey.
This also served for as General Washington's headquarters.
A great deal of history happened here.
My friend Pamela Mondanaro, says this is a great place to visit if you are planning a
Vacation nearby and are looking for some historical sightseeing.
If you are vacationing near Chicago in September and looking for some fun things to do
with a little German -American heritage, definitely check out the German Day Festival
In Chicago, and attend the Von Steuben Parade.
Sponsored by the German American Society of Chicago
September 9, 10, 11th
For more information go here United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago
6540 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60631-1750
Phone: (630) 653-3018 Fax: (630) 668-5243 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The German-American Steuben Parade of New York
If you are vacationing in Near New York and looking for some fun and history
check out the Von Steuben Parade in New York in May.
I order from the German Deli more frequently than ever.
I try to get in bulk to make the shipping dollars count.
Also there are sales all the time I like to take advantage of.
They are nice folks. If you don't believe me call them.
and tell them Stephen Block sent you from the German Goodies Newsletter. Shop for German Food