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September Zeitung

Every fall as the leaves turn, and the weather softens, we begin to hear the sounds of a German band playing in the distance. The announcements of Oktoberfests spring from every corner, and the beer kegs are stacked in readiness. What if there was another way to celebrate your German-American heritage, and get in touch with the culture and the community?

Join us for this family friendly week of programs that celebrate the St. Louis region’s wonderful German-American heritage with several programs, events, and even a feast as we celebrate German American Day in the St. Louis region! Don’t worry… there will be some German beer, brats and music as no German celebration is complete without them!

German-Americans: History, Culture and Community

Germans have been part of America’s history since 1683, when a group of immigrants, thirteen families, from Krelfeld landed at Philadelphia, and founded Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1688, they filed the first petition ever written, to abolish slavery, in the colonies. In 1883, German Americans in Philadelphia, began to celebrate this heritage with Deutsch-Amerikanischer Tag or German American Day. This spread throughout the United States, and every German-American community would also use this day to honor this heritage. This tradition has even survived the anti-German sentiment of World War I and II. And, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6, 1983 officially German-American Day.

In St. Louis, Missouri, one of the largest strongholds of German-American heritage, the German-American Committee of St. Louis, was officially founded. We work to preserve, educate and promote the German-American heritage of St. Louis. Please join us at the following events:

  • Oct 3 –  Germans in St. Louis: History, Culture, Community – What Makes Missouri So German?  Missouri’s German roots run deep, but why? What were the driving forces behind German emigration, and why did so many Germans end up in our region? Join Dorris Keeven-Franke, Missouri Germans Consortium, for a look at the earliest waves of German settlers in Missouri, from the early 1800s through the Civil War. This program is free and takes place at the Missouri History Museum, at 7pm in the Lee Auditorium.
  • gadaysmallOct 6 GERMAN AMERICAN DAY = FEST & FEAST  Start by soaking up the culture and heritage of Missouri’s German American community, then enjoy an afternoon feast highlighting the culinary specialties of Germany!
    This event opens at the German Cultural Society of St. Louis at 3652 S. Jefferson Ave., 63118 when the Hall opens at 10 am. Visit the hall and meet representatives of all 18 active German-American organizations in the St. Louis region. The Fest is free and is open until 4pm!  The Feast begins at 1pm and is a delicious German meal and is $25 per person (or $20 for MHS members) and registration is required at There will be lots of German entertainment and celebration throughout the day!

For more information and updates see our German American Day website

  • Oct 10 What STILL Makes Missouri so German – Missouri Germans Consortium – This Panel will include Consul General Herbert Quelle, Dr. Steve Belko, and others. It explores the German-American culture and community of today –  the topics will include the German Heritage Corridor, Sister Cities and German Language Initiatives, and more. This event is free and takes place takes place at the Missouri History Museum

This series is presented by The German American Committee of St. Louis, the Missouri Historical Society, and the Missouri Germans Consortium.  Please visit one of our websites for more information:

GermanAmerican Committee of St. Louis

Missouri Historical Society

MissouriGermans Consortium


April News

Spring is in full swing and we are so busy!  The month is almost over but wanted to let you know about some upcoming events this month and some other news to put on your calendar!

The Annual Spring Dance & Concert for the Mannerchor is this Saturday April 22nd, at the German Cultural Hall at 3652 Jefferson. The doors open at 6:00pm and a $10 donation is asked for.  Food is available for purchase.

The St. Louis German Cultural Society’s Annual Wurstmarkt is this Sunday, April 23rd from Noon-3pm at the German Cultural Hall at 3652 Jefferson.

The St Charles County German Heritage Society will be having its Annual Maifest Dinner on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The tickets and more information is available at this link!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!  Missouri Germans Consortium and the St. Charles County German Heritage Club will be hosting a BUS TOUR once again, to Missouri’s German Heritage in St. Charles County. The date will be Sunday, September 17th and more details will be out in the May News!

March 2017

Spring has sprung in so many places! And while everyone wonders if there will be another blast from ‘old man winter’ we all welcome the opportunity to explore and enjoy this beautiful spring. This past month Missouri Germans Consortium has been very busy with several partners and programs, and we have several more exciting projects and events that we are looking forward to sharing with you in the coming months.

Everywhere we go we get asked about the Missouri Humanities Council‘s wonderful project, the German Heritage Corridor. After Governor Nixon signed the German Heritage Corridor into being on July 1, 2017, they began working towards a Planning Grant from theMO_GHC_logo National Endowment for the Humanities. Everyone contact your representatives today, because programs like these are what provide funding for this! We all want to see our German heritage be preserved and survive for future generations. This is the way of making this happen.

16939162_10209105625861168_7608132427522326345_nOn the State level there are also so many wonderful partners that are doing great work today here, many of which also partner and receive funding through the Missouri Humanities Council. The Missouri Immigrants and Refugees Advocates (MIRA) is one of the many such groups who have received assistance who are doing projects such as the Missouri Emigrant Experience: Faces and Places. We urge you to visit their exhibit in Jefferson City in the coming months.

Missouri Germans Consortium is also very busy this month visiting and providing programming for all of you who enjoy listening and learning more about your German heritage, and the following are just a few of those opportunities…

March 2, 2017  The German Heritage of Warren County  Noon- Innsbruck, Wright City MO Warren County Rotary, Free

March 7, 2017 Opening of Missouri Emigrant Experience: Faces and Places 5pm Rozier Gallery, Missouri State Museum Jefferson City, Friends of the Missouri State Museum, free

March 8, 2017 What Makes St. Louis So German? Missouri History Museum-St. Louis Community College Continuing Education, 10:30 am, Museum lower level, free pre-registration required

March 15, 2017 The German Heritage of St. Charles County  Lake St. Louis Historical Society, noon – Lake St. Louis Community Room, free and open to the public

March 16, 2017 The German Heritage of St Charles  Friends of the First State Capitol, 7 pm at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site (200 Main Street, St. Charles) $10 Donation to the Friends, pre-registration asked for

March 20, 2017 The German Abolitionists: the Muench Family Scenic Regional Library Hermann, MO 6:30 pm, Hermann Library, Hermann, MO free and open to the public

March 28, 2017 The Germans in the Civil War: the Muench Family Missouri History Museum-St. Louis Community College Continuing Education, 10:30 am, Museum lower level, free pre-registration required

If you would like more information about these programs, or would like to host Missouri Germans Consortium for one of your own, please visit us on Facebook or contact us via email.

Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director, Missouri Germans Consortium