09/15/2012 Remembering Von Steuben with one day to go

With just one – one day – left before my release-signing party, my historian friend Bob Mackreth from Lake Superior Country reminded me this is Von Steuben Day.

The day celebrates Baron Von Steuben, a German military leader who served without pay in the Revolutionary War from Valley Forge to Yorktown. In New York, the 55th German American Steuben Parade was set to head down Fifth Avenue at noon today.

It’s a marvelous event, as it should be. But are we St. Louisans to let New Yorkers outdo us? Never. We’ll have more fun tomorrow at the release-signing party for Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans.from 2-5 p.m. at Gretchen’s Inn at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Come with $21.50 (cash or check) for a book I’ll personally inscribe, and prepared for three hours of non-stop gemütlichkeit.

If you don’t know now what that word means, you will by the time the day’s over.


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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