Traces of the immigrants from Schwabenland can still be seen in and around Ann Arbor if one looks carefully. The concentration of Swabian retail businesses downtown has been replaced by high-class restaurants and art galleries, but they are often housed in the old buildings originally erected by the Swabians.
The 1867-1892 Weinmann Block houses the Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant. The prior occupant was a Swabian hardware store.
One Swabian business has persisted in the today's upscale downtown Ann Arbor. Schlanderer and Sons has a great selection of Rolex watches.
Another longtime Swabian retail business in downtown Ann Arbor is still prospering.
The sturdy homes built by Swabian craftsmen still remain in the Old West Side.
This home 719 West Washington on the Old West Side once held the Allmendinger family, including thirteen children.
The Cabbage Town homes on Murray Street are more modest.
The Rentschler farm, located at 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, is one of five museums in the area showcasing Swabian history.
The former Allmendinger organ and piano factory building at 100 S. First Street, Ann Arbor, contains a small museum collection of the products produced there.
An example of Swabian craftsmanship, an organ in the Allmendinger factory museum.
Naturally, eating, drinking, and dancing continue to remain popular among Ann Arbor's Germans.
The Heidelberg Bar and Restaurant at 215 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, is still going strong.
Serving beer at the Old German, underneath the Grizzly Peak brewpub.
Oktoberfest in downtown Ann Arbor, one of the German events that take place in town. Here: Elizabeth and Ernest Bevins.
German bands play for dancers at German Park.
Dance performers at German Park.
The Waterloo Area Farm Museum holds periodic celebrations, including pioneer day; a blacksmiths, soldiers, and log cabin day; an antique farm equipment day; and Christmas on the farm. There are also guided tours on summer weekends.
A Christmas tree at the Kempf House Museum. Note the widely spaced branches so that candles can be safely used.
Christmas cookies at the Kempf House Museum. One cookie is missing because I couldn't resist.
A dance exhibition at German Park.
Knoepfle (or Spaetzle dumplings) are a popular part of the Swabian menu at German Park.
For those who want to sing the Schnitzelbank song at German Park, there is a large display giving the German words with accompanying pictures.
At German Park.
One former inhabitant of Schwabenland is still honored in Ann Arbor. This iconic mural on Liberty Street has Hermann Hesse (center) nestled between Woody Allen, Edgar Allen Poe, Franz Kafka, and Anaïs Nin.
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