German America Day 2020



OCTOBER 6, 2020



Dorris Keeven-Franke,

President German-American Committee

and Missouri Germans Consortium, Executive Director

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.

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.

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 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.  No wonder St. Louis DOES German American Day so well! 

By the:

Badischer Verein

German Cultural Society

Deutscher Mannerchor

Stl-German School Assoc

D’Froehliche Schuhplattler

German American Heritage Society StL 

Germanic Genealogy Society

Liederkranz Singing Society

Missouri Germans Consortium

StC German Heritage Society

StC-Ludwigsburg Sister Cities

StL Bayern Verein

StL-Stuttgart Sister Cities

StL Stuttgart Volksmarch

Schuetzenverein StL

Stammtisch StL

Join us for a celebration of our German-American heritage as we celebrate our National Holiday! All of our St. Louis and St. Charles German organizations invite you to join us for a virtual program celebrating our German Heritage.


Published by Dorris Keeven-Franke

I like to share the difficult stories of people and places, and help others reconnect to their own past.

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