Local Germans and Irish Show Off Their Culture and Cuisine During Holiday Season

By Patrick Butler If you can pronounce Weihnachtsmarkt you should probably get free admission to DANK Haus’s Christmas Market Dec. 16, but everybody – even you – will still be asked to pay the worth-every-pfenning $5 donation at the door. The indoor market will beRead more

Political satire expressed in carnival floats

By Patrick Butler Jaques Tilly, Germany’s sometimes controversial master float builder, was a featured attraction on the DANK (German American National Congress) Haus float at the Saturday, Sept. 9, Von Steuben Day parade. For more than three decades, the carnival float designer’s handiwork has beenRead more

Being custodian of N. Side’s German legacy Is a full time job Monica Jirak was born for

By Patrick Butler When Monica Schulter Jirak became executive director at DANK Haus about two months ago, she already knew her way around the 58-year-old German cultural center at 4740 N. Western Ave. After all, she practically grew up there.  Not surprising considering her father,Read more