The Village Of Spires Recognized For German Influence

May 30, 2014
By

The history and culture of Oldenburg is receiving attention from outside the region.

The rural Franklin County community was recently the focus of an article highlighting featured towns, cities and sites across the country that reflect German heritage in America.

Oldenburg was the ninth selection in a series of articles that also spotlights sites such as the Germanic Museum at Harvard University and the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The article was authored by Don Heinrich Tolzmann, a historian for the German-American Hall of Fame.

“It is a very good example of immigration from one area of the ‘old country’ to another area of the ‘new country’,” Tolzmann explained.

“It is so nice when you come to [Oldenburg]. You see all the German street signs, the architecture of the church and religious buildings, and even the residential buildings show German influence.”

Tolzmann also serves as president of the German-American Citizens League of Cincinnati and the Curator of the German Heritage Museum in Cincinnati.

The history of the town and the present day authenticity is highlighted in the article. Tolzmann notes the town was founded in 1837 by German settlers Johann Heinrich Ronnebaum and Heinrich Plaspohl (Flashpohler).

It is worth noting the last names of those founders can still be found in a local telephone book.

Tolzmann goes on to feature information about the religious history of the town, local businesses in Oldenburg and Batesville, and the popular Freudenfest held annually during the third week in July.

Tolzmann’s article can be found here >>

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Jul
30
Thu
5:30 pm Hope CANCER SUPPORT GROUP @ United Methodist Church
Hope CANCER SUPPORT GROUP @ United Methodist Church
Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm
The Batesville United Methodist Church, in partnership with Margaret Mary Health, will soon be offering a cancer support group whose goal is to ensure access to valuable community resources to those living with cancer. The group will also provide hope, encouragement, education and sanctuary. HOPE will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Batesville United Methodist Church and will feature a guest speaker, time for topic discussion and fellowship. The Batesville community and beyond are invited to attend! The first session is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 and will feature a discussion around the emotional rollercoaster of cancer and the fear of recurrence. For a complete list of monthly topics or for more information, contact Kari Ann Rennekamp of the Margaret Mary Outpatient and Cancer Center at 812.933.3741 or the Batesville United Methodist Church at 812.934.3137.
5:30 pm Money Matters: Becoming an Onlin... @ Batesville Memorial Public Library
Money Matters: Becoming an Onlin... @ Batesville Memorial Public Library
Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join representatives from each of Batesville’s local banks at the Batesville Public Library who will offer tips and personal assistance to master your online and mobile banking! Stop by any time between 5:30 and 7:30 Thursday, July 30 to learn how these online tools can help you manage your accounts, balance your budget, pay your bills, save and more! Feel free to bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
7:00 pm “The Best of Batman” Movie Showing @ The Gibson Theatre
“The Best of Batman” Movie Showing @ The Gibson Theatre
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm
In honor of the 76th anniversary of Batman, the Gibson Theatre will be showing the animated film, “The Best of Batman” on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. Free to the public, costumes welcome! The first children will receive a Batman Book or Comic Book donated by the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Sponsored by Batesville’s own Grinning Goblin Comics & Games. Supported by the Batesville Memorial Public Library. **Use your summer reading coupon for popcorn & drink at the Gibson Theatre!**

View Calendar