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The Material Culture of German Texans

Kenneth Hafertepe (author)

ISBN: 9781623493820

Publication Date: Jun 2016

Format: Hardback

German immigrants of the nineteenth century left a distinctive mark on the lifestyles and vernacular architecture of Texas. In this first comprehensive survey of the art and artifacts of German Texans, Kenneth Hafertepe explores how their material culture was influenced by their European roots, how it was adapted to everyday life in Texas, and how it changed over time.
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German immigrants of the nineteenth century left a distinctivemark on the lifestyles and vernacular architecture of Texas. Inthis first comprehensive survey of the art and artifacts of GermanTexans, Kenneth Hafertepe explores how their material culturewas influenced by their European roots, how it was adaptedto everyday life in Texas, and how it changed over time—atdifferent rates in different communities. The Material Culture ofGerman Texans is about the struggle to become American whilemaintaining a distinctive cultural identity drawn from Germanheritage.

Including materials from rural, small town, and urban settings,this masterful study covers pioneer generations in East Texas andthe Hill Country, but also follows the story into the Victorian eraand the early twentieth century. Houses and their furnishings,churches and cemeteries, breweries and businesses, and paintingsand engravings fill the pages of this thorough, informative, andrichly illustrated volume.

Recent decades have seen a sharp increase of the study ofvernacular architecture (which can range from traditionalbuilding to ethnic expressions to landscape ensembles) and anintensified study of American furniture and other decorativearts. Incorporating these vernacular and decorative arts methodsand building on the works of cultural geographers, curators,and historians, The Material Culture of German Texans offers adefinitive contribution that will inform visitors to the region aswell as those who study its history and culture.
Illustrations 308 colour photographs, 68 black & white photographs, 31 line art
Pages 416
Dimensions 279 x 216
Date Published 30 Jun 2016
Publisher Texas A&M University Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Migration, immigration & emigration   History of architecture  
Kenneth Hafertepe is chair of the department of museum studies at Baylor University, USA. He is the author of several books, including A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

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