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Spirit of 1776 Ball photograph, 1910

While German-Americans strongly clung to their German cultural heritage, they also embraced their American cultural heritage as strongly as any other group. The Forty-eighters in particular saw similarities between themselves and those Americans who fought for American independence. A ball with a colonial theme was held at the athenaeum each year in honor of George Washington's birthday.

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Athenaeum Turners Records, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Photograph of the Spirit of 1776 Ball, 1910
Photograph of the Spirit of 1776 Ball, 1910

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