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Timothy Anderson — Germanic Immigrants and Migrants in Ohio: Patterns, Processes and Cultural Landscapes
June 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Germanic migrants and immigrants played a significant role in the early, formative settlement of the Northwest Territory during the Early National period. This paper addresses the historical settlement geography of three different Germanic migrant populations in rural Ohio during this era: Pennsylvania-German migrants from southeast Pennsylvania in central Ohio; Old-order Amish and Mennonites in northeast Ohio; and German immigrants from northwestern Germany in western Ohio. First, the talk details the geographical origins and numbers of migrants/immigrants involved. Next, the settlement of each of these groups in distinctive parts of the state through time and space are mapped. Finally, the cultural landscape impress of each group is discussed, focusing on distinctive cultural landscape features that set these settlement regions apart.