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File #: 2017-1848    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 8/29/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/29/2017 Final action: 8/29/2017
Enactment date: 8/29/2017 Enactment #: 504
Effective date: 8/29/2017    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby recognize and honor historic citizen and commends all of the 2017 sponsors and participants in the annual German Heritage Recognition Luncheon ; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare Saturday, August 26, 2017 to be "German Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. *Gl?ck Auf!*
Sponsors: Darlene M. Harris, All Members
WHEREAS, those of German descent began emigrating to Pennsylvania in 1683, and many settled in what is now known as Deutschtown, in Pittsburgh's Northside, where the influence of German culture is still visible today; and,

WHEREAS, in recognition of these immigrants and their offspring, the Alliance of Germanic Societies of Pittsburgh (German, Austrian and Swiss) will host their annual German Heritage Recognition Luncheon in Historic Teutonia M?nnerchor on Saturday, August 26th, 2017; and,

WHEREAS, the luncheon will include dignitaries from various German, Austrian and Swiss organizations, German Folk Dance groups, and singing societies. In addition, two individuals will be honored for their significant impact on the Pittsburgh area; and,

WHEREAS, honoree Dorothea Marx Suchma (1929 - 2014) was a founding and life-long member of GTEV D'Lustigen Isartaler, a singer in the Damnerchor and various church choirs including at Holy Spirit, St. Philip, and at Sacred Heart parishes. With many of those choirs, she volunteered as the choir librarian, maintaining the music collections immaculately. Dorothea was known for a kind and generous heart, and was committed to her Germanic heritage her whole life. Dorothea was always eager to share her wonderful Alpine heritage, and in 2010, she was named "Ehrentrachtenmutter," a high honor amongst Trachtenvereine. Dorothea assumed the Isartaler's motto- Treu dem guten alten Brauch - as her own throughout her life, staying "true to the good old traditions." She is remembered by our Pittsburgh community as that "little German lady who was always smiling;" and,

WHEREAS, honoree Edgar Braun was trained as an engineer in Vienna, Austria and became a project engineer with the Andritz Group of Graz, Austria in 1961. In 1979 Edgar relocated to Pittsburgh to start a new business unit for Andritz, followed by a promotion in 1988 to Corporate Vice President of Andritz U.S.A. During his career, Edgar was among the Andritz managemen...

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