Bergmann brothers at Castle Garden
Bergmann family in America

Transatlantic Cousins

[America, around 1815] A few months later, Hedy Bergmann and her sons had left the Old World, although parting had been hard for all of them. The Bergmann brothers arrive in America Her American family […]

Mountain Men vineyard, around 1820
Bergmann family in America

Bergmann and Mountain Men

[America, around 1820/30] In 1821, the entire Bergmann family was in Washington. James Monroe, on whose ship Emmett, John and Laurie had sailed to Europe about twenty years ago, was sworn in for his second […]

"Merry Dragon" country inn
Bergmann family in America

No time for books

[America, around 1820] For some years now Niklas and Heinrich Bergmann had been living in America. It was a good life, they had worked hard and could live in financial security now. Above all, they […]

Bodmer Tipis
Bergmann family in America

The “frontier”

[America, around 1830/40] Niklas’ and Jenny’s son Harvey had grown up and was a bright young man. He took much interest in the events in America and Europe and worked as a freelance journalist for the […]

Bergmann family in America

Germany. A Winter’s Tale

[America, around 1845] One evening at home in the “Merry Dragon” inn, Harvey found his father Niklas all immersed in a book. “What are you reading, father?” he asked, “you look sad.” Niklas looked up. “Oh, […]