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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



St.Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities announces 30th Winter Ball Karneval

What is Karneval?
People in Germany have been celebrating a form
of Karneval since the Middle Ages. Since it’s
early beginnings, Karneval, and its equivalents of
Fastnacht and Fasching, was a period when the
world was turned upside down.
The normal order of things was reversed: Partying
was suddenly acceptable, the figure of the fool or
clown was respected, and the nobility was openly
satirized. The simple craftsmen and workers rose
to the position of prince in their guilds and paraded
through the streets in hand-sewn robes showering
bystanders with food and wine instead of golden

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://stl4stuttgart.com/events/winter-ball-30/

And as in the Venetian masquerades, people on
the streets hid their real identity behind masks and
costumes – some elegant, others witty. For just a
few days, the topsy-turvy world of Karneval was
This tradition has been passed down to the
contemporary Karneval clubs, many of which have
their own “regiment” and military banners complete
with marching bands and powdered wigs.
Our 30th Winter Ball Karneval will be celebrated in
memory of its founder Roy Leimberg. We will have
pomp and circumstance just the way Roy would
have liked it!

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities
Cordially invites you to attend our
57th Anniversary Celebration
30th Annual Winter Ball Karneval
A German Masquerade Ball

For Tickets go to: http://stl4stuttgart.com/events/winter-ball-30/

The Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel
Clayton Ballroom
1335 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
(complimentary parking)

Dinner Menu
Charlotte’s House Salad
Jägerschnitzel with Spätzle
Roasted Shredded Brussel Sprouts with
Dried Cranberries

Dance Music By
Larry Hallar’s Two Star Final

Guests of Honor
S.T Prinz Alex Josef I &
I.L. Prinzessin Alyssa I
Chicago Rheinischer Verein
Germania Society of
Cincinnati, Ohio
Members of the Kansas City
Germania Club and
Citizens Association

Mistresses of Ceremonies
Susanne Evens & Dorris Keeven-Franke

Winter Ball Committee
Alex Araiza, Harrison Billy, Norm Cleeland, Barbara Dressel, Susanne Evens,
Dorris Keeven-Franke, Corrie Hendrix, Linda Kurz, Jana Nester, Robert Roeder, Helga
Thalheimer, Mary Kathryn Victor, Ilona Wilken, Jörg Vogt, Alyssa Weeks, Traude Wilson

November 2016


The Fifth Season, better known as Karneval begins on November 11th. The carnival season officially begins at 11 minutes past the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in Germany when the Elferrat makes the announcement. It will suspend for Advent, and then kick back up into high gear after January 6th (Epiphany Heilige Drei Könige) so that everyone can get ready! In St. Louis this year, on November 11, 2016 the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Inc Elferrat will announce this season’s reigning Prinz and Prinzessin  on 11.11.16.  This event is at St. Louis’ Hilton in Frontenac (1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) in the Clayton Ballroom at 6pm. Cost is $35 per person for a full evening of fun.  Visit http://www.stl4stuttgart.com/ and get your ticket in a flash to start your Karneval Season off right!

There are different words in German for the Carnival or “Mardi Gras” Season: KarnevalFasching and Fastnacht. Although all three refer to the same pre-Lenten holiday season,  they each reflect the regional customs and traditions in Germany. Missouri Germans have immigrated from all over Germany for the past 175 years. 

In Germany Karneval is the word used for the Rhenish (Rhineland) version of carnival in northwest Germany (except in Mainz), while the word Fasching refers to the similar celebration in southern Germany and Austria. The term Fasching is also seen and heard in Berlin and other parts of northern Germany. Fastnacht, mostly used in Swabia and carnival-parade-masksSwitzerland, is also used in the northern city of Mainz. However, that still does not mean that these words are interchangeable. Karneval, is a more modern (17th century), Latin-based word borrowed from French and Italian. The true origin of the word is uncertain. The German word used to be written with a C rather than today’s K-spelling.

The Carnevale in medieval Venice is one of the earliest documented carnival celebrations in the world. It featured still-popular traditions, including carnival carnival-parade-happygirls1parades, masks and masquerade balls. Gradually the Italian Carnevale customs spread north to other Catholic European countries, including France. From France it spread to the German Rhineland and, through colonization, even to North America (Mardi Gras). The word Fasching dates back to the 13th century and is carnival-parade-costumesderived from the Germanic word vaschanc or vaschang, in modern German: Fastenschank refers to the last serving of alcoholic beverages before Lent. In the 19th Century the 40-day Lenten period of fasting was strictly observed. People refrained from drinking alcohol or eating meat, milk products and eggs. The English word “fast” (to refrain from eating) is related to German fasten. And according to GermanWay.com “Fastnacht, refers to the Swabian-Alemannic carnival, which differs in some ways from Fasching and Karneval, and is found in Baden-Württemberg, Franconia (northern Bavaria), Hesse and much of Switzerland. Although this word looks like it comes from the German for the “eve of Lent,” in fact it is based on the Old German word fasen (“to be foolish, silly, wild”). Thus the word, sometimes spelled Fasnacht (without the t) actually means something like “night of being wild and foolish.” 

In Germany parades are a big part of the celebration. The big day for Karneval is the Rose carnival-parade-bandMonday parade, whereas the big Fasching parades are usually the day before, on Carnival Sunday. But according to some sources, one of Germany’s biggest carnival parades takes place in the northern German city of Braunschweig… “Schoduvel” (“scaring away the devil”), …which dates back to 1293.

St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities  Winter Ball

Karneval in the United States

From GermanWay.com: “There are a few places in the USA noted for their carnival observances. The most famous, of course, is New Orleans and its big Mardi Gras. That has a lot to do with the French influence in Louisiana (which was named for the French king Louis XIV). Lafayette,

St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities Winter Ball

Louisiana also has its own Mardi Gras, as do Baton Rouge and several other Louisiana towns. There are good-sized carnival celebrations in Mobile, Alabama (since 1703!); Fredericksburg and Galveston, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi and in Pensacola, Florida (dating from 1874). The Mardi Gras celebration in St. Louis, Missouri is a relatively recent development that only began in the 1980s. What began as a private party at a bar has now become a rather large event with corporate sponsors.” 

For those of you who want to send a check: Mail your check payable to SLSSC by November 4, 2016 to Wilma Prifti, 1471 Wilton Lane, Kirkwood MO 63122-6942.Please call 314-825-0389 or e-mail wprifti@att.net with questions or special dietary needs.