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National German-American Day - Oct. 6

This holiday goes back to the 1800s, faded out during the world wars, and bounced back in the 1980s. It commemorates Oct. 6, 1683, when 13 German families arrived and founded Germantown, Pa., the first German settlement in the original 13 American colonies.

It's Oktoberfest season, the perfect time to roll out the barrel. Go to Niagara Falls and check out the Schoellkopf Geological Museum. Go to Bergholz and visit Das Haus.

Admire the Liberty Bank building in downtown Buffalo. The Liberty Bank used to be the German-American Bank. Pop into a church that's historically German. St. Louis Church, perhaps, or Our Lady Help of Christians in Cheektowaga, built by a German couple in gratitude for surviving a shipwreck.

Walk in Delaware Park and say hi to Mozart. His statue was put up by the Buffalo Liedertafel, a German singing group, and is Buffalo's oldest piece of public art.

Finally, toast the day with gemuetlichkeit. Dine at Ulrich's, serving up German food since 1868, Or opt for Scharf's, or Lagerhaus 95.

Prosit!

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