Cultural heritage is passed down from generation to generation through songs, dance, customs, festivals, plays, costumes, and other traditions. Without the continuation of these practices by the next generation, this heritage is destined to be lost, possibly forever. How does a contemporary American organization such as the Schuhplattler Verein Heidengold in Rochester, New York, help to perpetuate and preserve the traditional 19th century cultural heritage of Germany, and why is it important for them to do so? Interviews conducted with current Heidengold members, along with consultation with multiple outside sources including the Federation of German American Societies (FGAS) and the Gauverband Nordamerika, will determine the authenticity of the heritage being passed on to the next generation. I find that the Heidengold is, in fact, reliably safeguarding the cultural heritage of the Allgäu region and I make suggestions to ensure the culture is not lost. This trustworthy representation of intangible and tangible cultural heritage is significant as otherwise inaccurate representations, the loss of knowledge about the region, and possibly the destruction of German identity and community in Rochester, may result.

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Folk dancing, German--New York (State)--Rochester; Ethnic costume--Germany; Cultural property--Protection

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Museum Studies (BS)


Tamar Carroll

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Doris Meitzler

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Tina Lent


RIT – Main Campus

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