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Title:
Fest-Zeitung. : (Scranton, Pa.) 1884-18??
Place of publication:
Scranton, Pa.
Geographic coverage:
  • Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Publisher:
Charles D. Reuffer
Dates of publication:
1884-18??
Description:
  • Jahrg. 1, Nr. 1 (22. Sept. 1884)-
Language:
  • German
Notes:
  • In German.
LCCN:
sn 87078403
OCLC:
16849933
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Fest-Zeitung

The Fest-Zeitung of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was published by Charles D. Reuffer for the Scranton Swabian Union, a cultural organization composed of immigrants from the southwest German region of Swabia.  The newspaper is a description in German of the activities associated with the Swabian Union’s Folk Festival held on September 22, 1884, in Scranton’s Central Park Garden.  Admission to the Festival was 25 cents per family and 15 cents for single women.  This is probably the only published issue of the Fest-Zeitung.

The Folk Festival began with a parade led by flag-bearers, carrying the Swabian and American flags, flanked by mounted heralds.  They were followed by decorated wagons with Suevia, Columbia, and Germania, all surrounded by girls in different costumes along with representatives of the four Swabian circles in their national costumes.  The parade that formed between Adler and Hirchhorn Streets moved out at 10:00 AM under the direction of Dr. John Baptiste Ammann and his adjutants Oskar Ludwig and Christian Storr.  Representatives of all of the German trades and industries followed in a line of wagons. 

A major event at the Festival was a prize shooting competition of the Scranton rifle clubs.  Afternoon festivities included popular entertainments such as sack races, rope climbing, rabbit hunting, and chicken catching.

The Swabian Union of Scranton was typical of the cultural and mutual support organizations formed by German immigrants throughout the United States in the 19th century.  According to the Fest-Zeitung, a number of respected German men of Swabian extraction from Scranton gathered in August of 1883 in the locale of Cedar Avenue to found a Swabian Union.  The Union’s first president was Simon Staub.  It chief purpose was German conviviality here in the “new Fatherland,” while striving to maintain the values and customs of the “old Fatherland.”  Scranton’s Swabian Folk Festival was modeled on the Constatter Folk Festival held each autumn in the old country, as well as in many American cities.     

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