SAHS, St. Gallen's Washington, Annual Meeting
This year the Swiss members of the SAHS held their traditional meeting on Saturday, October 9, 1999 in St. Gallen's Washington House. Despite the first signs of winter - windy conditions and low temperatures characteristic for the region at this time - Dr. Marcel Mayer of the City Archive of St. Gallen first took some thirty guests on a tour of St. Gallen's merchant houses typical of the City's 19th and 20th centuries' textile industry. After the American Civil War the textile merchants began to trade successfully with the United States and built for themselves luxurious and richly decorated houses, the so-called "Stickereipalaste". One of the most beautiful examples of such buildings is the "Washington House" built in 1892, the name of which intimates the strong connections with the United States.
Netzle, Simon and Schelbert, Leo
"Special Reports on the 1999 SAHS Annual Meetings,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 35
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol35/iss4/5