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German Village

Lesson Plans

  • Immigration and the National Road

    Historical Context and Overview Construction of the National Road began at Cumberland, Maryland in 1811. Establishing a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers, the National Road extended across Ohio from 1825-1838. The National Road reached Columbus in 1833. Entering Columbus along East Main Street, the National Road turned Read More
  • Music in the Air

    Historical Context and Overview German immigrants established a community in Columbus by purchasing cheap land to the south of the city limits, creating "Die Alte Sud Ende" (the Old South End). The areas around City Park, Third Street, and Livingston Avenue were home to the earliest German immigrants. The Germans Read More
  • Churches and Schools of the Village

    Historical Context and Overview Germany did not exist as a political entity until the end the 19th century, so Germans arriving in the United States could have come from anyone of over 250 small duchies, imperial cities, kingdoms, or German-speaking enclaves. Many of these political entities had been created during Read More
  • Germans in the Civil War

    Historical Context and Overview When President Lincoln visited Columbus in 1859, the city was already participating in debates about what the country should do with slavery, what would happen to the existing Whig Party in light of the emerging new Republican party, and if war came, how would Columbus, as Read More
  • German Village in the Late 1800s

    Historical Context and Overview When President Lincoln visited Columbus in 1859, the city was already participating in debates about what the country should do with slavery, what would happen to the existing Whig Party in light of the emerging new Republican party, and if war came, how would Columbus, as Read More
  • Schiller Park and Recreation Park

    Historical Context and Overview German immigrants established a community in Columbus by purchasing cheap land to the south of the city limits, creating "Die Alte Sud Ende" (the Old South End). The areas around City Park, Third Street, and Livingston Avenue were home to the earliest German immigrants. The Germans Read More
  • Prohibition and World War I

    Historical Context and Overview With the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919, disaster struck many businesses in Columbus. Many saloon, restaurant, and tavern keepers, and the entire brewing industry of the German Village shut down. Thousands on the South side were employed in the making of beer—stable hands, barrel Read More
  • Urban Decline, Urban Renewal

    Historical Context and Overview German Village remained a working class neighborhood throughout much of the mid-20th century. Throughout the years of World War II, the city suffered from deferred maintenance because of the war effort. By the end of the war, parts of the city were falling into neglect. The Read More
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Lessons from My Neighborhood

  • My Neighborhood: How to Tell Your Story

    Were you captivated by one or more Columbus Neighborhoods stories? Did it stir up images and memories of a place that is special to you? We invite you step into the shoes of a storyteller and producer. And we offer a surefire starter—My Neighborhood Toolkit—that will guide you from shaping your narrative to putting Read More
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