This issue is dedicated to honoring our connection to the past and our goal to preserve and celebrate Germanic heritage. “But somewhere back there in the dust / that same small town in each of us”. These lyrics from Bruce Hornsby and Don Henley have been forefront in my mind and helped develop this special German-America feature highlighting a few “small towns” whose connection to a Germanic past may go unnoticed if we don’t pause and experience their history. It is far from a conclusive list, yet I hope it sparks a share of other destinations and their German, Austrian, and Swiss connection. Come along as we celebrate that “same small town in each of us”. Mary Beth Strickler, GL
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, stretching along Rockefeller Park from Superior to St. Clair Avenues, is one of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and most beautiful treasures. More than 30 gardens designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups are part of the 254-acre Rockefeller Park and bring life to the garden’s mission of “peace through mutual understanding”. The five-acre German Garden is a testimony to the vibrant and resilient German people, past and present—the poets, the philosophers, the peacemakers, the composers, the scientists, and others who have contributed to world culture.