EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The smell of kraut is in the air across Indiana with Strassenfest and Volksfest both getting underway on Thursday.
Men are dusting off their Lederhosen and women their Dirndls all in an effort to celebrate their German Heritage at the festivals.
German heritage was once strong in this area especially when men, women, and children immigrated to Indiana well over 100 years ago.
Clubs like Germania Maennerchor were started as a place where immigrants would gather to socialize and be with others who spoke their language, drink and eat together, and help each adjust to America all while getting a little taste of home.
This area had German-owned and operated stores, bakeries, butchers, and at one point there was a German newspaper, the Wochentlicher Evansville Demokrat.
Even though the celebrations like Strassenfest, Volksfest, and Oktoberfest all take place each year, are people going to really celebrate their German heritage or are they just going to party?
Eyewitness News’s Kelly Austin, who has a German lineage herself, talked to fellow Germans about whether they felt local German heritage was still going strong or if it is being lost generation after generation.