GERMAN-AMERICAN FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
BADISCHER UNTERSTUTZUNGVEREIN Wolfgang Volz 314.330.2283 Another of the very old St. Louis German/American associations, the St. Louis Badischer Unterstützungs Verein was founded on December 20, 1885 to provide sociability and support for immigrants from Baden who were in need. It continues to look to offer ongoing support to the members’ survivors.
COLE CAMP GERMAN SINGERS – Neil Heimsoth 660-668-3157 firstname.lastname@example.org
DEUTSCHER MANNERCHOR Klemens Wolf 314.487.9296 The German male choir is a group of many nationalities and diverse backgrounds who enjoy singing and gemütlichkeit, and who practice every Thursday at the German Cultural Hall. We invite males 18 and older to join, we sing German songs, but they are not hard to learn. We have several performances and spring and fall concerts. Rehearsals: Thursday 8:00pm
DEUTSCHER SCHULVEREIN – GERMAN SCHOOL ASSN. Helga Thalheimer 314.452.8780 www.germanschoolstl.org An independent, not-for-profit organization serving the St. Louis area for 45 years. The school is dedicated to promoting the language and culture of German-speaking countries.
GERMAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WASHINGTON, DC
GERMAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS James Martin 314.691.4199 GAHS is dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of our German forebears and to the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States. An objective of the organization is the establishment of archives at the St. Louis Public Library documenting the history of German-oriented families settling in St. Louis and surrounding areas.
GERMAN CULTURAL SOCIETY Monika Lorenz 314.771.8368 website: germanstl.org The German Cultural Society of St. Louis had its origin in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Aid Society, which was founded in 1945 to help German refugees from Eastern Europe who fled to Germany and Austria. When immigration to the United States became a possibility, many of these refugees who came to St. Louis joined the Society, as did other immigrants from Germany and Austria.
GERMAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS Karl Daubel 636.537.2784 Its mission is to enable its members to explore varied interests in their German ancestry and the development of German-American culture in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area in a variety of contexts. It is intended to foster education about our rich German heritage. website WWW.GGSSTL.ORG
G.T.E.V. D’FROLICHE SCHUHPLATTLER Nancy Plunk 636.561.9051 www.stlouis-schuhplattler.com The G.T.E.V. D’Froehliche Schuhplatter was founded on February 10, 1976, and is one of the 76 clubs in the Gauverband Nordamerika, an international group of Schuhplattler clubs from all over the United States and Canada. G.T.E.V. D’Froehliche Schuhplatter strives to preserve the German culture through traditional folk dancing, music and German singing. The group participates in many events, including private, civic, local and out-of-town. website: www.st.ouis-schuhplattler.com
HONORARY CONSUL FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY Paul R. Obernuefemann, 600 Washington Ave., Ste 2500 St. Louis, MO 63101 USA Call (314) 314.444.7887 Fax (314)612-7887 Email: email@example.com Web: www.germany.info
LIEDERKRANZ SINGING SOCIETY Norm Cleeland 636.225.7332 Founded in St. Louis in November of 1870, the group is the oldest such organization west of the Mississippi. They rehearse on Tuesday evenings at the St. Louis German Cultural Hall on Jefferson Ave. They perform at various venues and host an annual dinner.
MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM
MISSOURI HUMANITIES COUNCIL
MISSOURI IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES ADVOCATES Joan Suarez 314-669-1288 firstname.lastname@example.org Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) is a coalition of community, labor, faith, business and direct service organizations that recognizes the intrinsic value of all people and advocates for the basic rights of all immigrants and refugees.
ST. CHARLES GERMAN HERITAGE CLUB Dorris Keeven-Franke 636.221.1524 www.stcharlesgermanclub.org founded in 1973 by a small group of St. Charles residents. The club’s goals are simple: to share traditions handed down by our German ancestors, to preserve the history of German settlers in St. Charles County, to foster understanding of German customs and culture, and to generally promote Gemütlichkeit among our members.
ST. CHARLES – LUDWIGSBURG SISTER CITIES Susie Stegemann 636-946-6860 website www.dapludwigsburgstcharles.com
ST. LOUIS BAYERN VEREIN Ken Umhoefer 314.381.2814 One of the oldest of all of the St. Louis German/American associations, the St. Louis Bayern Verein was founded on September 9, 1883 to offer sociable entertainment and assistance to fellow Bavarians. It is still going strong today.
ST. LOUIS GERMAN AMERICAN COMM. President- Wolfgang D. Volz; Vice President – Michael Lauer, Secretary – Harrison Billy, Treasurer – Norman Cleeland www.germanamericancommittee.com To act as an umbrella and coordinating organization consisting of German/American organizations in the greater St. Louis geographic region. website http://www.germanamericancommittee.com/
ST. LOUIS GENEALOGY SOCIETY – GERMAN SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP Carrol Whitton
ST. LOUIS STRASSENFEST CORP – Patrick Worzer 314-703-1800
ST. LOUIS – STUTTGART SISTER CITIES, INC. Susanne Evens 636.530.1010 Website www.stl4stuttgart.com Serving the St. Louis community since 1960, St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities (SLSSC) has been actively involved in encouraging multicultural experiences through cultural events, student exchanges, business trade missions.
ST. LOUIS – STUTTGART VOLKSMARCH CLUB Donna Dasho 314.831.0726 website www.schuetzen.freeservers.com
Volkssporting simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing and roller or ice skating. You may choose your time to start within the start/finish “window” and participate in the sport at your own pace.
SCHUTZENVEREIN VON ST. LOUIS Norman Waterwiese 636.532.3637 Established in 1961, the mission of the Schutzenverein St. Louis (St. Louis Shooting Club) has been to enhance German and American relationships by providing fellowship and education through mutual social interest in German Schuetzenverein traditions and competitions. The organization has regular meetings, and air rifle competitions are held on the fourth Thursday of every month.
STAMMTISCH – ST. LOUIS Peter Moszyk 314.489.8006 The Stammtisch is a friendly get together for all who enjoy the German language, culture and beer. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s at Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104. Our informal meetings run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR MISSOURI GERMANS
DEUTSCHHEIM STATE HISTORIC SITE Cynthia Browne, Hermann, MO 573.486.2200 http://mostateparks.com/park/deutschheim-state-historic-site
GERMAN CULTURAL SOCIETY HALL 3652 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118 314.771.8368 DONAU PARK 314.771.8368 http://www.germanamericancommittee.com/ Calendar of Events
GERMAN CULTURE CENTER University of Missouri Larry Marsh; 314.516.6620 www.germanclulturecenter.org The German Culture Center is located on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a unit of the Center for International Studies. The GCC is also a “cultural institute” of GOETHE INSTITUT. Since its founding, the GCC has become a key institution for area German teachers, for the German American community, and for those in the general public who wish to know more about German life, language and culture. Students from the University of Missouri-St. Louis also make great use of the Center’s resources, borrowing materials, attending classes at the Center or visiting the bi-weekly “Kaffeestunden,” which bring together students and community members to speak German informally over refreshments and coffee.
STRASSENFEST GERMAN GARDEN Missouri Botanical Garden 314.577.5100 www.mobot.org