NY 19th Century Society: German Theater
Sat Jan 26, 1:00 pm
In sheer numbers, Germans were one of the largest American immigrant groups during the 19th century, second only to the Irish.
With the coming of World War I, the German American community sought to assimilate; since then German influence on popular culture has been muted, subtle, and nearly invisible.
But during the 19th century, it was a force to be reckoned with.
In this presentation, author/ journalist/ performer Trav S.D. (“No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous”) will unearth some of that forgotten history, outlining the many ways Germans shaped (and were shaped by) American popular culture in the realms of music, theatre, and comedy, with effects that still reverberate today.
Program presented by our new affiliate, New York Nineteenth Century Society.
These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.