October 6 was traditionally celebrated as "German-American Day" in the US in the 19th Century, basing the date on the anniversary of the date a group of German families from the Rhineland arrived in the American Colonies and founded Germantown, Pennsylvania. Celebration was practically discontinued during/after World War I due to anti-German sentiment. However, it was re-designated as "German-American Day" by the U.S. Congress in 1987.
So, Happy German-American Day!
I'd be curious to know how many Cyburbians have German ancestry or live in areas with rich German heritage.
I, personally, have both. My maternal great-grandfather and his family were German expats who settle on the south side of Chicago in the 1900's. My mother's maiden name was "Freudinger". However, since then, Italian, Jewish, Polish, and a few other eastern European ethnicities have krept into my blood from my mother's side. My dad's family was much more ethnically homogeneous (French and English), probably due to living in the rural Midwest for over a century and only venturing into the cities in my grandparent's generation.
Central Texas has a great deal of German (in addition to Czech and Slovak and variety of other Central European) ethnic enclaves and heritage. Many names (both places' and people's) in the Austin and San Antonio areas reflect this heritage. In fact, there was a time in the 19th Century when German was the most-used home language in the City of San Antonio.
What about y'all?