It’s German-American Day!

Come enjoy the most German Day of all and celebrate our National holiday with all of the German organizations in St. Louis!  Enjoy great German food, music, wine, beer and whole lot more. Watch the traditional German Folk dancers, and meet the German organizations of St. Louis! Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Donau Park in Jefferson County.

 

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Roy Leimberg

[Re-Posted from Mo-Germans.com]

The German community in St. Louis lost one of its best this past week when Roy Leimberg passed. For many many years he had been a major supporter of the German community serving on the Board of Directors of organizations like the German American Heritage Society, the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, and the St. Louis German American Committee.  He received numerous awards over the years for his support, and was known from Cincinnati to Chicago to Milwaukee to Kansas City for all that he did. Everyone loved Roy’s quirky sense of humor and respected his vast knowledge about St. Louis history and of the German American community.

I first met Roy five years ago when I began attending the St. Louis German American Committee meetings. He and Harrison generously shared their wisdom about the Committee and the community. I also knew Roy through the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities because of his long time involvement and working on the annual Winter Ball. His vast knowledge of every detail of past events, all the way back to its’ beginning, amazed me. He seemed to know everyone who ever attended the event, what their meal preferences were and even who they liked to sit with – and who they didn’t. He generously shared who was his favorite emcee, musical group, and theme was. Always helpful and supportive he was a walking encyclopedia on the Winter Ball, it was all Roy.

Roy was just as helpful and supportive to every organization he belonged. A mentor to many, James Martin, President of the German American Heritage Society wrote “Roy was one of the rare recipients of both the Carl Schurz Award (in 1999, for his dedication to the preservation of the history and heritage of our German forebears), and the Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award (in 2007, for his assistance in the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States). Roy was also the person who got my family involved with GAHS.  In 2007, Jessica and I attended our first GAHS event (the Taste of Germany) as representatives of the German School Association.  Roy was the vice president of membership at the time, and he and Harrison seated us at their table.  Roy was very good at his job, because by the end of the evening he had us signed up to be members.”

Susanne Evens, President of St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities wrote  “Roy got involved with the St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities in 1977 when he volunteered to host a father and son, who were members of the Weingarten Musikverein, performing at the annual Strassenfest. In 1985 Roy was invited to serve on the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities board of directors and at the first meeting was elected Vice-President, four years later was elected President and served for 8 years. During his term as President, the organization has undertaken various annual events such as The Winter Ball Karneval; a Christmas Reception (as a benefit for children); bus trips to the Kansas City Maskenball, Chicago Maskenball and the Germanfest in Milwaukee. Also during his term The Volksmarsch Club was organized and continues to function for the enjoyment of walkers and hikers. Roy always considered the Winter Ball Karneval to be his greatest achievement, which is an annual celebration of Germany’s 5th Season and for 29 years he brought together friends from near and as far as Germany.  Please ask Harrison if you have not heard the story on how Winter Ball got started. In 1991, Roy was awarded the William E. Gruening, Jr. plaque from the Kansas City Germania Club; and in 2012, at the St. Louis–Stuttgart Sister Cities’ 25th anniversary, he received the President’s Award. He was also proud to be a member of the Chicago Rheinischer Verein Karneval Club.

Roy will be missed tremendously. At every dinner, Winter Ball, Taste of Germany, or committee meeting it just won’t be the same with Roy not there.  There will be a Brunch/Reception on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Deutscher Kulturverein Halle, 3652 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Louis Family Resource Center is requested.

To read his obituary published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on  Oct. 26, 2016

Our condolences go out to Roy’s family, his partner Harrison Billy, and all of Roy’s friends everywhere. We have all lost a dear friend.

Dorris Keeven-Franke

A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies. Gustave Flaubert

Roy Leimberg

St. Louis’ German-American Community has lost a dear friend and mentor in the passing on 22 October 2016 of Roy Leimberg. Roy was a member of the German American Committee, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, and many others. President James Martin, in his letter to the German American Heritage Society said it best:

Dear GAHS Members:
 
roy-leimbergIt is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of longtime GAHS Board Member, Roy Leimberg.  He was an energetic and enthusiastic leader and a pillar of the German-American community, always offering his support and generosity and attending every event with gusto.
 
Roy passed away this morning at St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by Harrison and their family and friends.
 
Roy was one of the rare recipients of both the Carl Schurz Award (in 1999, for his dedication to the preservation of the history and heritage of our German forebears), and the Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award (in 2007, for his assistance in the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States).
 
Roy was also the person who got my family involved with GAHS.  In 2007, Jessica and I attended our first GAHS event (the Taste of Germany) as representatives of the German School Association.  Roy was the vice president of membership at the time, and he and Harrison seated us at their table.  Roy was very good at his job, because by the end of the evening he had us signed up to be members.
 
I will let you know when we have more information regarding further arrangements.  Please keep Roy, Harrison, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Best regards,
Jim Martin
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President
German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis
 

German American Day 2016

It is almost time…If you are in Missouri and you are looking to celebrate your German gadaysmall(you’re not?!) Heritage!! Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at the German Cultural Hall (where else?!) at 3652 Jefferson in St. Louis, the German American Committee of St. Louis will sponsor our own annual German American Day!!!!! The event is free to the public and everyone is invited! 

Doors Open at Noon

St. Louis Honorary German Consul Paul Oberneufammen will open the 33rd Annual German American Day with a Proclamation!

Noon-5:00 PM LARGE HALL   Visit our Biergarten and enjoy some Pretzels and Beer (Must be over 21) or Kaffee and Kuchen.

Noon-5:00 PM CULTURAL HALL  Visit with all of the German American Associations in St. Louis and St. Charles and haveYG6 (2) some fun! learn more about their activities and how you can get involved.  The Missouri Humanities Council will be on hand to talk about Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor and the German Genealogical Society will help you research your German ancestors.

Visit  https://germanamericancommittee.org/ for the very latest info or call 636-221-1524

Group Location Event Time
Badischer Unterstuetzungeverein Culture Hall Sharing information All Day
Deutscher Maennerchor StL Main Hall Singing 1:00 PM
Federal Republic of Germany Main Hall Opening and Procalamation Noon
G.T.E.V. D’Froeliche Schuhplattler Main Hall Sharing information All Day
German American Committee of StL Culture Hall Event Sponsor All Day
German American Heritage Society of StL Entry Wine Raffle – Drawing at 4:45 All Day
German American Police Officers of Stl Culture Hall Sharing information All Day
German Cultural Society of StL Main Hall Beer sales All Day
Juggend Gruppe – Youth Group Main Hall Folk Dancing 2:00 PM
Dammenchor Main Hall Singing 1:00 PM
German Culture Center @UMSL Culture Hall Sharing Educational Resources All Day
German School Association Culture Hall Teaching you German Language All Day
Germanic Genealogy of St Louis Culture Hall Genealogical Research help All Day
Liederkranz Main Hall Singing 1:00 PM
Missouri Germans Consortium Culture Hall German Traditions All Day
Schuetzenverein von StL Culture Hall Range Demonstrations All Day
St Charles County German Heritage Club Culture Hall Exhibit on German emigration All Day
St Charles Sister City Ludwigsburg Culture Hall Sharing information All Day
St Charles Stammtisch Culture Hall A Stammtisch! All Day
Stammtisch StL Culture Hall Visiting w/German Speakers All Day
StL Bayern Verein Culture Hall Kaffee und Kuchen sponsor All Day
StL Stuttgart Sister Cities Culture Hall Exhibit on their Sister City All Day
StL-Bosseln Leagues Culture Hall Sharing information All Day
StL-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club Culture Hall Sharing information All Day
Missouri Humanities Council Culture Hall German Heritage Corridor All Day
Harry Wolf Main Hall Music & Alpenhorn 4:00 PM

GACLOGO2All Proceeds go to the German American Committee of St. Louis to continue the German American Heritage of St. Louis and St. Charles Missouri.

Got a question?

The Energy Crises

An event that may be of interest:

April 12, Tuesday:  5:30– 7:00 p.m.    Emerson Library Conference Room Webster University, 120 Boylston Street, Webster Groves, MO 63119  The St. Louis Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany,Webster University History, Politics, and International Relations Department and the Webster University Program in International Studies Discussion  with Dr.Rüdiger Graf  Senior Lecturer, Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany) on “The Energy Crises of the 1970s and the Origins of our Time:Sovereignty and Energy Policy in Western Europe and the US

Dr. Rüdiger Graf is a scholar at The Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam. He has been a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at New York University.

Beyond the Basics

The Germanic Genealogy Group of The German American Heritage Society of St. Louis, formerly Germanic Genealogy Special Interest Group, and the St. Louis Public Library invites you to an all-day genealogy seminar: German Genealogy Research: Beyond the Basics. The seminar will be held on Saturday,March 5, 

2016, in the Auditorium at the St. Louis Public Library Central Branch, in downtown St. Louis. Our guest speaker will be the noted speaker and author, Dr. Roger Minert, Ph.D, A.G.unnamed

The day will start with the opening of registration at 8:30 am and the first program starting at 9:00 am. There will be four programs offered during the day:
  • Cemeteries in Central Europe
  • Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents
  • Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe
  • German Census Records

It will be a fun day of learning about German genealogy.

For those of you who have heard Dr. Minert speak, we are sure you will be the first to register for this special genealogy day. For those who have not heard him speak, we suggest you visit his website: http://www.rogerpminert.com.  He will be selling his books.  Personal checks accepted.

To learn more about other St. Louis German cultural organizations, representatives will be on hand to provide information about their organization.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.Space is limited.  Lunches can be pre-ordered from Urban Eats Café located on the Atrium level in Central Library, at http://go.urbaneatscafe.com/Box-Lunch.html, you may also make other personal choices for how to have lunch.

To registercall Central Library’s Genealogy Room at 314.539.0385 or see the Calendar of Events:  http://www.slpl.org/events/calendar.asp.  For more information, visit ggg-gahs.org.

The Germanic Genealogy Group of the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis is a member of the German American Committee of St Louis.