The Village Of Spires Recognized For German Influence

May 30, 2014
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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 >>

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