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Sauerkraut Day, September 7, 1912

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Crowd on town street during Sauerkraut Day Celebration, waiting in line for the celebrated food.
Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, Shirley, William, 7 September 1912


A large crowd amasses on the town street during Sauerkraut Day in 1912 and are waiting in line for the celebrated food of finely cut cabbage. The town shown actually changed its name from Germania, Iowa, to Lakota, Iowa, in 1917 due to anti-German sentiment created by World War I.

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