The only thing more German than an Oktoberfest is a celebration of German-American Day ! The Germans of St. Louis will celebrate their annual German-American Day (October 6) on Sunday, October 4th, from 1 – 4 p.m. inside its’ own beautiful St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall at 3652 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis, MO 63118.
In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration to the U.S.. In 1987, Congress approved the National holiday designating October 6 as German-American Day, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. The St. Louis’ German-American Committee will do exactly that and the festivities will begin with St. Louis’ own Honorary German Consul Lansing Hecker. Come and enjoy the wine (Raffle) and beer and pretzels or the Kaffee (free) and Kuchen!
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
1:00 Lansing Hecker – Honorary Counsel Federal Republic of Germany will open the festivities!
1:10 Liederkranz (Mixed chorus) will sing
1:20 Joined by the German Cultural Society’s Damenchor (Women’s Chorus)
2:00 St. Charles German Heritage Club* – German Fashion Show
2:30 German Cultural Society’s Jugendgruppe (Young people’s group) will dance
3:00 Deutscher Männerchor (Men’s Chorus) will sing
3:30 D’Froehliche Schuhplattler – Dance group will dance
St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities – Photographic Display of Stuttgart
Germanic Genealogical Special Interest Group – Genealogical Research
Stammtisch –– Doing what they do best – talking!
Badischer Unterstützungsverein –- History
Missouri Germans Consortium –Book Signings – Authors Jim Merkel and Dorris Keeven-Franke
German Cultural Center –– Teacher and Educational Resources
St. Louis Bosseln League – Demonstrations
German School Association
St. Charles – Ludwigsburg Sister City
Everything German in St. Louis
All of the German-American organizations of St. Louis and St. Charles County will be represented, featuring German music, dancing, fun and food. You are invited to join the St. Louis German Cultural Society, Deutscher Männerchor, The German School Association, the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis, the St. Charles German Heritage Club, the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, The St. Louis German Cultural Society’s Damenchor, the St. Louis area Stammtisch groups, the Liederkranz, D’Froeliche Schuhplattler and many more. The new Official St. Louis Bösseln Association will be there recruiting new leagues. The Missouri German Consortium will have two local authors, Jim Merkel with his book Beer, Brats and Baseball; and Dorris Keeven-Franke with her book Utopia- Revisiting a German State in America. The German Cultural Center will share their educational resources for both students and teachers. The St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities will take you on a photographic tour of the City of Stuttgart Germany! The Germanic Genealogy Special Interest Group will have computers and help you discover your German heritage!
Music, Dancing, Fashion Show, Raffle Prizes
An afternoon of German entertainment on the stage will include the Liederkranz Singing Society, the St. Louis German Cultural Society’s Damenchor (Women’s Choir), a fashion show of traditional and contemporary German clothing showcased by the St. Charles German Heritage Club, and the St. Louis German Cultural Society’s Jugendgruppe (Youth Group), the Männerchor (Men’s Choral group) and D’Froeliche Schuhplattler. German refreshments will be available as well, and German Gemütlichkeit will abound. Everyone is invited to a free afternoon of fun, a chance to win GREAT raffle prizes and celebrate our great German heritage! Willkommen!