The Lutheran hymn tradition of the early 16th century helped to firmly establish the Protestant Reformation with its direct appeal to the emerging middle class and a new power base. This appeal can be attributed in no small part through congregational singing of hymns, many which have roots in both the secular tradition of Meistersingers and the liturgical chant of the Catholic Church.
The author, born in Rochester, NY, has lived in Central New York his entire life and attended Syracuse University for both his undergraduate and graduate (Master of Library Science) degrees. His paternal ancestors immigrated and settled in Onondaga County around 1848. His Great-grandmother Mary and her son Perl the subjects of the author's two biographical narratives, lived most of their lives in Central New York (Syracuse) where Gary lives with his partner Todd and their two Puggles and Jack Russell Terrier. Both Gary and Todd are avid cyclists. He currently works as Adult and Teen Services Librarian for the Onondaga County Public Library and previously worked in it’s Local History/Genealogy Department for 10 years, during which time he started his family history research, uncovering this and other family “secrets.”