And we are back! I hope y’all did not miss us too much, but another blog is coming your way. As with other blogs, we are looking towards Frankenmuth and the surrounding area’s history. Today we are taking a look at Hedwig “Aunt Hattie” Hubinger, a general store owner, gardener, cheese maker, and everyone’s “Aunt.
Hello and willkommen to this week’s blog post. We are stepping away from geography and larger concepts for a moment to talk about the thing that makes Frankenmuth, well Frankenmuth… People and beer. For this week, we are stepping back in time to talk about Frankenmuth’s first brewery owner Johann “John” Mathais Fallier.
Frankenmuthers, do you know the German saying, “Im Abschied ist die Geburt der Erinnerung.” I would translate this as, “With every farewell, a memory is born”. This saying came to my mind a few days ago when I realized my time in Frankenmuth was already drawing to an end!
But then I thought, “Wait, with Frankenmuth it’s different!” I won’t be leaving Frankenmuth with a memory, but with so many wonderful memories that, If you were to ask me to pick my top three Frankenmuth experiences, I wouldn’t even know where to start. Well, let me try anyway!
In your opinion, what does Frankenmuth tell us about the United States as a whole?
I would say it shows us that the United States is really a country of immigrants and that these immigrants have shaped the country and made it what it is today!
Frankenmuthers, have you ever imagined what it must have felt like for the German settlers of Frankenmuth to come here to start a new life in a foreign county, on a different continent?
If I really try to put myself in their shoes and imagine what that must have felt like, I realize what a drastic step they took by leaving their home country behind, perhaps forever, to come here! Imagine what it would feel like to leave your family, Frankenmuth, and the United States without knowing if and when you will be able to see them again and without the intent to ever come back home permanently?
Let me ask you a question: What is the first association that comes to mind when you think about the city of Frankenmuth? Right, the fact that it’s "Michigan’s Little Bavaria," or "Michigan’s most German town" of course!
Frankenmuth is a city where German heritage and culture live on, even over 175 years after the first 15 German settlers arrived. The buildings look German with their timber-framed architecture, you can enjoy German cuisine and stores, and German festival traditions like the annual Oktoberfest ensure that there is something fun going on all year round.
But how does all this look to a young modern-day German?
Happy "Washington's Birthday!"
"But wait FHA, isn't today President's Day? And isn't our first president's birthday actually tomorrow?"
We're glad you asked! Technically, today is officially "Washington's Birthday," not "President's Day." This day was originally a celebration of our first president's birthday (Feb 22). While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1870s that it became a federal holiday. Senator Stephen Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law.
For the grand majority of the Cold War, the United States’ mainland was rarely in direct danger. There was the looming anxiety that nuclear weapons created, but an invasion of the US mainland was never to be something to fear. The problem of nuclear weapons became a very real and present fear at one single moment during the Cold War. For one month and four days during the fall of 1962, the US mainland was in the direct sights of nuclear warheads.
Americans pride themselves on their support for their armed service members. We have an entire holiday dedicated to honoring our veterans along with countless documentaries, films, and even tv shows about soldier’s bravery during conflict. But for all of this honor for our armed services there is one conflict in recent memory that is overlooked: The Korean War.
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