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How German are we?

The St. Louis Metro area is considered the third largest German-American community in all of America! From the Library of Congress: “The German immigrant story is a long one—a story of early beginnings, continual growth and steadily spreading influence.” U.S. Census (2017) reports show that German is the largest ethnic group with approximately 44 Million in America who claim it as their heritage. And among the 53 U.S. metro areas with at least one million people those considered to be among the most German are Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis” according to Cincinnati.com who ranks fourth. Three of these: St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cincinnati are considered the German triangle of America where you will find the highest concentration. In Missouri alone 1,376,052 reported their ethnic background to be German, and we definitely know how to celebrate National German-American Day on October 6th.

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[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
No wonder St. Louis knows German so well! With German-American Day coming up soon, if you are looking for a family friendly way to connect with your roots, check out these three great events.  On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 7 pm at the Missouri History Museum,  the series German Heritage: History, Culture and Community opens with “What Makes Missouri So German?” with speaker Dorris Keeven-Franke. The program is at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, 63177 in the Lee Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.


On Saturday, October 6th, 2018 National German-American Day opens at the German Cultural Hall of St. Louis at 3652 Jefferson Avenue with a Fest and Feast! Join all of the St. Louis German American organizations when the hall opens at 10 am. Meet members of each of the 18 German organizations of the German American Committee and learn about their history. Then at 1 pm. the Missouri Historical Society hosts a German Feast with culinary samplings from around Germany! Take a culinary tour and sample the entire country. For more information or to make reservations for the dinner visit http://mohistory.org/events/german-american-day-fest-and-feast_1538848800 and click on the register link at the bottom or call 314-746-4599 and ask for reservations. Enjoy the music, dancing and food of the Germany. Following the Feast at 3pm will be FREE performances by St. Louis’ own Mannerchor (Men’s Choir), Dammenchor (Women’s Choir) and our own Liederkranz, the oldest combined men and women’s German singing group west of the Mississippi.

Finish your week off with “What STILL Makes St. Louis so German” and a panel discussion moderated by Dorris Keeven-Franke. Joining us will be German Consul General Herbert Quelle to share his views on the German-American Community today. He will be joined by Dr. Steven Belko of the Missouri Humanities Council sharing Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor and Susanne Evens, President of St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities who will be discussing St. Louis’ Sister Cities programs. The program will be on October 10, 2018 at 7pm at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, 63177 in the Lee Auditorium. The program is free and everyone is welcome.









Related links:

German-American Day Fest and Feast: http://mohistory.org/events/german-american-day-fest-and-feast_1538848800




German American Day 2018

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. This event kicks off a week long celebration of Everything German in Missouri.
  • 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 mohistory.org/german. There will be lots of German entertainment and celebration throughout the day! See Missouri History Museum events for more information and to Register for the dinner

Join us for a festival of German organizations! Meet and Greet the 18 German Organizations of the St. Louis Region and learn more about how you can become more involved and connect with your heritage!

Fest and feast your way through German American Day! Start by soaking up the culture and heritage of Missouri Germans, then enjoy an afternoon feast highlighting the culinary specialties of Germany!

10 AM-4PM VISIT The German American Organizations of St. Louis and learn how you can know more.

1PM – FEAST WITH THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM – The Feast is $25 per person (or $20 for MHS members) and registration is required at mohistory.org/german. Entertainment

3PM-5PM ENJOY The musical talents of our Liederkranz, Mannerchor, and Damenchor will entertain you.

  • 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

February 2017

Missouri Germans Monthly Newsletter

February has so much happening that we just couldn’t wait another minute to bring you our newsletter! We do hope you share this issue of the Zeitung with your friends too, because that’s what friends are for! 

In St. Louis the Karneval Season is in full swing with the upcoming St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities 30th Annual Winter Ball. This organization is the oldest of St. Louis’ Sister wb30cover2-1Cities and has spent over 50 years promoting partnership between these cities. Their annual fundraiser which allows them to continue this great friendship is the annual Winter Ball. This year not only marks 30 years, it is dedicated to our friend Roy Leimberg. Roy left us this past year, but his dedication to Sister Cities, his commitment to its mission, and his love of a great party will live on in Winter Ball!  If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you need to right away as online tickets sales end this Friday! Go to their website todayhttp://stl4stuttgart.com/events/winter-ball-30/

Want to read a great new book that connects two things in a way you would never expect? quelle-bookYou should read Monika’s Blues:On the Trail of the German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture. A new book by Herbert Quelle is now available on Amazon. For more information on this and how to purchase it…https://mo-germans.com/category/book-suggestion/

And how about some good German wintertime sport? In February in St. Louis? Well that’s the best time to experience the game of Bosseln in the true spirit that it is played in Germany – COLD and OUTDOORS!  We are bosselngetting together teams and still looking for a few more hardy souls… and if you think you have what it takes…and want to help bring some German to St. Louis then see…https://mo-germans.com/2017/01/12/bosseln-2017/

If you prefer something indoors where the program will introduce a gcc-freyyoung award-winning German film animator then you need to know about Jacob Frey‘s opening on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Gallery 210 on the UMSL Campus, brought to you by the German Cultural Center (and our great friend Larry Marsh) on the UMSL Campus. Reservations are required, so email gcc@umsl.edu or see https://mo-germans.com/2017/01/30/jacob-frey-at-gcc-at-umsl/ for more information…

For other events in the St Louis-St. Charles region…see the German American Committee of St. Louis’ Calendar of Events page. Here are some of the events you will find there…

February 1  – St. Charles County German Heritage Society –FASCHING PARTY 1781 Zumbehl Road St. Charles, MO 63301 Community Room – Info 636.221.1524 or mailto: dorris.keevenfranke@gmail.com Everyone is welcome. See http://www.stcharlesgermanclub.org/

February 7 – Germanic Genealogy Society of St. Louis- GATHERING – Lutheran Hour Ministry  636-537-2784 or www.ggsstl.org

February 11 Volksmarch Club – WALK CWE-FOREST PARK – Info 314-741-0924 or www.sites.google.com/site/stlouisava/

Missouri is so German! If you want to know more about what is going on in Missouri that is German then you need to know… and follow Missouri Germans today! Just click on the Follow this Blog to the upper left under the search bar and you will get all the news right in your email box for free.  We would like to share one of our favorite posts from the past that you might find as relative today as when it was written last April in closing…Immigrants and Refugees  and please don’t hesitate to share this newsletter with your friends so that every one can have a little Missouri Germans too.

Thanks for sharing,

Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director

Missouri Germans Consortium