Rev. Herman J. Hahn papers
- Majority of material found within 1922-1937
- Hahn, Herman J. (Person)
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6.25 Linear Feet (15 manuscript boxes)
Herman J. Hahn was born on January 31, 1888 in Kansas and studied at Elmhurst Illinois College and Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. Before coming to Buffalo, he was a pastor at churches in New Orleans, Louisiana, Valley City, Ohio, and Toledo, Ohio. In 1922, he became pastor of Salem Evangelical Church located in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. He continued in that position until his death in 1948. Hahn was active with the Socialist Party in Buffalo and was associated with the Revolutionary Policy Committee of the Socialist Party. He ran for various local and state offices on the Socialist ticket, including mayor of Buffalo in 1933, 1937, and 1945.
Hahn protested against war and social injustice and made substantial contributions to the labor struggle in Buffalo in the 1920's, 30's and 40's. In 1927, Hahn was briefly jailed and was fined for his participation in the protests in the Sacco-Vanzetti trial in Boston, Massachusetts. During a time when such action was unpopular, Hahn remained committed to a church that was politically and socially aware and looked out for those that were subject to discrimination. After a year long illness kept him from much activity, Hahn died in June of 1948 in the town of Tonawanda, New York.
Church ChronologyThe Riverside Salem United Church of Christ as it is known today, was founded in January of 1892 by thirteen German-speaking families. The church was located at Garfield and Calumet Streets in the Riverside area of Buffalo and was built the following year in 1893. Under Hahn's leadership, the church became an important voice for social justice and continues that commitment today.
- Organized, January 24
- Church built at Calumet and Garfield Streets in Buffalo, New York. Rev. Kohler, pastor
- Rev. Peter C. Bommer, pastor
- Addition built
- Rev. Nussman becomes pastor
- Rev. Sandresky becomes pastor
- Rev. Oberkirker becomes pastor
- Rev. Grotefend becomes pastor
- Parsonage built at 23 Calumet Street
- No pastor
- Fire, not major. Repairs to church and rededication. Purchased three lots on Tonawanda Street behind church
- Rev. Herman J. Hahn, pastor
- Congregation acquires Three Arrows Cabin on Grand Island, New York
- Rev. Alan B. Peabody, pastor
- Rev. Robert T. Adams becomes pastor
- Mary Lou Bischmann becomes associate pastor
- Major fire on February 10
- Church rebuilt on same site. Renamed Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed)
- Bischmann becomes pastor of Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ and St. Peter's
- Bischmann, interim pastor
- Rev. James D. Hakes becomes pastor
The University Archives received a small amount of material in 1984 from Wayne Alt and Mia Boynton. Alt retained the original scrapbooks, but allowed photocopies to be made and deposited in the Archives for research use.
The bulk of the collection was donated to the University Archives in July 2009.
Accruals and Additions
Original accession processed by Mark McGuire, March 2006.
Second accession processed by Devon Kramer, April 2010.
- Finding Aid for the Rev. Herman J. Hahn papers
- Finding aid prepared by Mark McGuire.
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