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German, Austrian & Swiss Ethnic Groups

Pittsburgh Region

Selected Books

Shaughnessy, Michael R.
German Pittsburgh
PENNA F159.P69 G38 2007
German Pittsburgh explores the cultural history of German-speaking immigrants and residents in the Greater Pittsburgh area where over one quarter of the city's residents claim German heritage. German-speaking Pittsburghers include names like H. J. Heinz, Honus Wagner, and the Kaufmanns, and they produced beloved Pittsburgh beers such as Iron City and Penn Pilsner. At one time German was an official language of the city and a daily German newspaper was printed from the mid-1800s up through World War II.

Pittsburgh Region

German Restaurants

Don't forget to celebrate Oktoberfest each September!

  • Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
    Pennsylvania's first authentic Hofbräuhaus - modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. Located in the South Side Works.
  • Max's Allegheny Tavern
    Located in an historic building on the North Side, in what used to be called Dutchtown.
  • Penn Brewery
    Penn Brewery has been celebrating Oktoberfest with its own beer for twenty years on the North Side.


Selected Books

Kazal, Russell A.
Becoming Old Stock - the Paradox of German - American Identity
PENNA r F158.9.G3 K39 2004
"More Americans trace their ancestry to Germany than to any other country. Arguably, German Americans form America's largest ethnic group. Yet they have a remarkably low profile today, reflecting a dramatic, twentieth-century retreat from German-American identity. In this age of multiculturalism, why have German Americans gone into ethnic eclipse--and where have they ended up?"
  • German Society of Pennsylvania
    Founded in 1764, this is the oldest German organization in America. Located in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pennsylvania German Society
    Founded in 1891, the Pennsylvania German Society is a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the study of the Pennsylvania German people (also knows as Pennsylvania Dutch) and their 300-year history in America. Located in Kutztown, PA.

United States

  • German Folksongs
    A website with words and sometimes the melody in a midi file.
  • Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
    The mission of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is to collect, document, exhibit, preserve, publish, translate, promote and make accessible resources on history, folklore and culture of the Germans from Russia, particularly Bessarabian Germans, Black Sea Germans, Crimean Germans, and Volhynian Germans and their descendants in North Dakota and on the Northern Plains. From North Dakota State University-Fargo Libraries.