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Bossel in Bay

Join us in Bay. Tour the historic Bay Mercantile Store and meet others with the help of the very social game of Bossel on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 12 noon to 4 pm. What is Bossel? It is played by Germans who live in the northwest of Germany at the Northern Sea. It is very popular there and the people of East Frisia dream of Bossel becoming an Olympic sport in the very distant future. The game is played on small streets with round Bossel balls. We will have four teams Red, Blue, Yellow and Black as we have four balls. The distance from start to end is about one mile. The goal is to be the team that reaches the end, with the fewest number of throws. Each throw ends and is counted from the point where the Bossel ball comes to a standstill on the street. Join one of the Bossel ball teams, all ages, sexes, incomes, and hair colors are welcome! Or simply accompany the players. German refreshments are provided during the game to protect participants, both mentally and physically, against the chill of a November day in Missouri! Warm-up after Bossel, enjoy bread & soup and an Award Ceremony for the Missourian Bossel Heroes.
Our Meeting point is the former Bay Mercantile in Bay, located on County Route K, just south of the intersection with Fowler Road. Bay is south of Hermann Missouri in the very heart of Gasconade County.  Also that day you can Tour the Bay Mercantile and residence currently in the state of renovation. View numerous historical artifacts and learn more about the process of historic preservation. Google Maps for Bay Missouri

This day is planned in memory of Scott Ruffner, who passed away unexpectedly in May of this year. We will gather to celebrate what would have been his 67th birthday on November 5 in the Bay Mercantile store. It was Scott’s dream to establish a museum about Bay in the former Bay Mercantile and post office building, which he bought for this purpose. He hoped to recruit both volunteers and funding to make this a reality. This restoration project continues with support from his friends and family!
Join us in Bay.

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Peter Roloff playing Bossel

German-American Day

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has declared Saturday, October 7, German American Day in Missouri!

All of the St. Louis Regional German-American organizations will celebrate the occasion at the St. Louis German American Cultural Society’s Donau Park 5020 West Four Ridge Road, in Jefferson County, 63051.

Saturday, Oct 7 – noon to 11 p.m. It’s German American Day!!  Meet various German Groups in the St. Louis Metro area. Music by Echoes of the Past in the afternoon and The Wendl Band in the evening. 

Menu is Schwienebraten (grilled pork), Bratwurst and Weisswurst dinners/sandwiches served with sides of Beet Salad and Potato Salad.  Strudel and German drink will be served. 

Admission and parking are free.  We will be serving delicious authentic Oktoberfest food and drink.   Enjoy continuous entertainment both days, including traditional music, German singing. and German folk dancing performances.

The Donau Park is located at 5020 West Four Ridge Road, House Springs, MO 63051.  

For directions to the Donau Park or more information about the German Cultural Society, visit our website http://www.germanstl. org.

Please, no pets.  Service animals permitted.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the United States.[3] On August 6, 1987, Congress approved S.J. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day. It became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. A proclamation (#5719) to this effect was issued October 2, 1987, by President Reagan in a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

German American Day in St. Louis is sponsored by the St. Louis

German American Committee

Badischer Unterstuetzungverein Wolfgang D.. Volz 314-330-2283
German Cultural Society Monika Lorenz 314-771-8368
Deutscher Maennerchor Klemens Wolf 314-487-9296
German School Association 314-452-8780
Froeliche Schuhplattler Nancy Plunk 636-561-9051
German American Heritage Soc. Jim Martin 314-691-4189
German-American Police Officers Roland Fogt 314-691-4199
German Genealogy StL Karl Daubel 636-537-2784
Liederkranz Singing Society Norm Cleeland, Treasurer 636-225-7332
Missouri Germans Consortium Dorris Keeven-Franke* 636-221-1524
St. Charles County German Heritage Dorris Keeven-Franke* 636-221-1524
St. Charles-Ludwigsburg Sister City Mary Johnson
St. Louis Bayern Verein Ken Umhoefer 314-381-2814
St. Lous Strassenfest Patrick Worzer 314-703-1800
St. Louis Stuttgart Sister City Susanne Evens 636-530-1010
St. Louis Sturttgart Volksmarsch Donna Dasho 314-831-0726
Schuetzenverein von St. Louis Garik Allen 314-303-2302
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“Remember, remember always, that all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”  – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938

A collection of contemporary and archival photography, and is particularly relevant as it celebrates the irrefutable role of immigrants in the development of St. Louis and Missouri and simultaneously illuminates the human side of immigration in Missouri today. In the early 19th century, color-transparent-55x60Missouri began welcoming waves of immigrants from Germany and Ireland, and by the turn of the century, Italian, Polish, Greek, and Eastern European Jewish communities had settled in the state. By 1900, St. Louis, Missouri was the fourth-largest city in America and home to one of the most predominantly foreign-born populations in the country. THE MISSOURI IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: FACES AND PLACES exhibit from the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates was curated by Danny Gonzales and features photos by Juan Montana, Amela Sinanagic, Oscar Pedroza and Rita Chu. This project was created in support of the MHC_logo_stacked_dkblue-brn-300x146German Heritage Corridor of Missouri and in partnership with the Missouri Germans Consortium and the Missouri Humanities Council.


German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®, Washington, D.C. will host Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places June 1 through gahf_logoAugust 5 at the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ located at 719 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM featuring Joan Suarez and Dorris Keeven-Franke as guest speakers introducing the exhibit. Executive Director Erika Harms and GAHF Board Member Megan Lott will represent the German-American Heritage Foundation at the opening reception. The museum is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Museum admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for GAHF members and children under 12. More info at

About the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™: The mission of the German-American Heritage Museum is to collect, record, preserve and exhibit the rich cultural legacy of Americans of German-speaking ancestry and make their contributions to American history available to audiences of all ages. The museum also seeks to highlight the political, cultural and economic relations between Germany and the United States. The museum opened in 2010 in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington.