How to be a good German American?

This Sunday, October 4th, 2015 all the St. Louis and St. Charles German-American groups will get together to celebrate their National holiday German American Day! But have you lost touch or wonder “what is a Liederkranz?” and “who is D’Froehliche Schuhplattler?” The German language can be a little tricky so we have put together a cheat sheet on how to be a German American, so you can celebrate with the best of them!

Deutscher Männerchor – German Men’s chorus

Liederkranz – Combined singing group

D’Froeliche Schuhplattler – Merry Dance group

Jugendgruppe – Youth Group

Damenchor – Women’s chorus

Boßeln – Outdoor game

Kinderchor – Children’s chorus

Badischer Unterstützungsverein – A society of those from Baden, Germany

Fussballklub – now this one is a little extra tricky! You may think it is Football and translated literally it is – BUT we are talking SOCCER here folks.

Stammtisch – This is so German! A group of people getting together just to talk in German.

;Where can you really get your German on? Willkommen (Welcome) to German-American Day at the St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall at 3652 Jefferson Avenue from 1:00 pm – 4 pm! There you will find all of the above and can join in German festivities opened by our own Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany – Lansing Hecker. Don’t forget your Dirndls and Lederhosen!

Achtung! Other St. Louis and St. Charles County German organizations will be there as well…

Featuring German music, dancing, fun and food. You are invited to join the St. Louis German Cultural Society, 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, and the Missouri Germans 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! And if all else fails – check out St. Louis’ own German School!

German Gemütlichkeit (that means a good social time) Music, Dancing, Fashion Show, Raffle Prizes. German refreshments will be available as well, and. Everyone is invited to a free afternoon of fun, a chance to win GREAT raffle prizes and celebrate our great German heritage!

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