Tomorrow I’ll be celebrating the day Germans first came to America. And you’re invited to join me and the rest of the Germans of the St. Louis region at their annual German-American Day. It’ll be from 1-4 p.m Sunday at the St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall at 3652 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis, MO 63118.
If you come, you’ll find German music, Beer, dancing, and lots of people dressed in German costumes. Including me, signing my second edition of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis.
Here’s some background: In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration to the U.S.. In 1987, Congress approved the National holiday designating October 6 as German-American Day, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. The St. Louis’ German-American Committee will do exactly that and the festivities will begin with St. Louis’ own Honorary German Consul Lansing Hecker.
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
1:00 Lansing Hecker – Honorary German Counsul will open the festivities!
1:10 Liederkranz (Mixed chorus) will sing
1:20 Joined by the German Cultural Society’s Damenchor (Women’s Chorus)
2:00 St. Charles German Heritage Club* – German Fashion Show
2:30 German Cultural Society’s Jugendgruppe (Young people’s group) will dance
3:00 Deutscher Mannerchor (Men’s Chorus) will sing
3:30 Froehliche Schuhplattler – Dance group will dance
HERE’S THE PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:
St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities – Photographic Display of Stuttgart
Germanic Genealogical Special Interest Group – Genealogical Research
Stammtisch –– Doing what they do best – talking!
Badischer Unterstuetzungverein –- History
Missouri Germans Consortium –Book Signings – Authors Jim Merkel and Dorris Keeven-Franke
German Cultural Center –– Teacher and Educational Resources
St. Louis Bosseln League – Demonstrations
German School Association
St. Charles – Ludwigsburg Sister City
Komm, schließe dich uns an!