The German Heritage Museum
The German Heritage Museum displays German-American culture in the Cincinnati area. It shows the some of the contributions that German-Americans made to make Cincinnati what it is today. This museum used to be a log home that was built in 1840 by a German family. The old home was carefully dismantled and moved from its original location in Delhi, Ohio, to West Fork Park where it was faithfully reconstructed. The historic home is now a local heritage museum operated by the German-American Citizens League, an organization that offers traditional German celebrations and other cultural activities throughout the year.
Backstory and Context
Cincinnati has been referred to as on point on the "German Triangle" due to how many German-American residents live there. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is estimated that half of Cincinnati's population was of German descent. Even with the high population of German Descendants, there was Anti-German hysteria during both of the world wars. This caused German heritage to be suppressed and any organizations to change their name to something not german related until the wars ended.
There have been multiple German societies formed throughout the years. The very first one was formed in 1819 and was called "Pionier-Verein" (German Pioneer Society). They organized a celebration for the anniversary of the establishment of Germantown, PA, the first all-German settlement. This celebration took place on October 6th and was originally called Pastorius Day, but later was known as German Day.
The building the museum is currently in was the home of the Philip Fiest Family. When Phillip Fiest was 20 he Immigrated from Germany in 1854. He met his wife, Caroline Bosch in 1859.They bought 22 acres of farmland and started a family there. Philip and Caroline had 11 children total, four daughters and seven sons. The log home was estimated to be built around 1840.
Mersch, Christine. Delhi: Cincinnati's Westside. OH. Arcadia Publishing, 2005.