The ORGANIZATIONS of the German American Committee

Badischer Unterstuetzungverein

One of  the very old St. Louis German/American associations, the St. Louis Badischer Unterstützungs Verein was founded on December 20, 1885 to provide sociability and support for immigrants from Baden who were in need.  It continues to look to offer ongoing support to the members’ survivors.

German Cultural Society

The German Cultural Society of St. Louis had its origin in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Aid Society, which was founded in 1945 to help German refugees from Eastern Europe who fled to Germany and Austria. When immigration to the United States became a possibility, many of these refugees who came to St. Louis joined the Society, as did other immigrants from Germany and Austria. The Deutsche Kulturverein can trace its roots back to 1945, when it was first organized as the American Aid Society of St. Louis.  Today, the Kulturverein is made up of many groups that promote and preserve the German culture, customs and German language through music, songs, crafts and dances in original costumes.  These groups include a German Kindergarten, a Ladies Choir, various folk dance groups, and the Deutschmeister Blaskapelle, an authentic German Brass Band.

Deutscher Maennerchor, St. Louis

German male chorus is a non-profit, social, and musical organization. The group was established in January 1986 by combining four smaller St. Louis German singing societies and its growth has resulted in a vibrant group of singers.
The German male chorus mission is the promoting and preservation of music, songs, and German traditions. Members gather on Thursday nights at the German Cultural Society Hall for rehearsals. Our two largest social functions are the annual Fall and Spring Concert/Dances.
Please call either of these officers if interested in joining. We look forward to hearing from you!
The German Culture Center is located on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a unit of the Center for International Studies. The GCC is also a “cultural institute” of GOETHE INSTITUT. Since its founding, the GCC has become a key institution for area German teachers, for the German American community, and for those in the general public who wish to know more about German life, language and culture. Students from the University of Missouri-St. Louis also make great use of the Center’s resources, borrowing materials, attending classes at the Center or visiting the bi-weekly “Kaffeestunden,” which bring together students and community members to speak German informally over refreshments and coffee.

German School Association

An independent, not-for-profit organization serving the St. Louis area for 45 years. The school is dedicated to promoting the language and culture of German-speaking countries.

G.T.E.V.D’Froeliche Schuhplattler

The G.T.E.V. D’Froehliche Schuhplatter was founded on February 10, 1976, and is one of the 76 clubs in the Gauverband Nordamerika, an international group of Schuhplattler clubs from all over the United States and Canada.  G.T.E.V. D’Froehliche Schuhplatter strives to preserve the German culture through traditional folk dancing, music and German singing.  The group participates in many events, including private, civic, local and out-of-town.

German-American Heritage Society

The German-American Heritage Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of our German forebears and to the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States.  An objective of the organization is the establishment of archives at the St. Louis Public Library documenting the history of German-oriented families settling in St. Louis and surrounding areas.

German-American Police Officers Society of Greater St. Louis

Germanic Genealogy Society of St Louis

The Germanic Genealogy St. Louis is a volunteer organization. Its mission is to enable its Participants to explore varied interests in their German ancestry and the development of German-American culture in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area in a variety of contexts. It is intended to foster education about our rich German heritage. Their website is ggsstl.org.

Liederkranz Singing Society

Missouri Germans Consortium

Founded in 2007 to promote all things German in Missouri, we sponsor German events across the state, and partner with other organizations on projects such as Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America and the German Heritage Corridor. We have a monthly newsletter Die Zeitung and a quarterly journal Der Anzeiger to inform and educate on the German culture and history across our State, and share upcoming events of interest as well. For more information visit MO-Germans.org or email MissouriGermans@gmail.com

St. Charles County German Heritage Club

The St. Charles County German Heritage Club was founded in 1973 by a small group of St. Charles residents.  The club’s goals are simple:  to share traditions handed down by our German ancestors, to preserve the history of German settlers in St. Charles County, to foster understanding of German customs and culture, and to generally promote Gemütlichkeit among our members.  Additionally, through guest speakers and other activities, we strive to promote German language skills; understand Germany’s economic, political, and social structure; and have fun in the process. For more information call 636-221-1524 or email dorris.keevenfranke@gmail.com

St. Charles Sister City Ludwigsburg

Founded in 1996, in St. Charles, Missouri we encourage and exchange school and community friendship between St. Charles, MO and Ludwigsburg Germany.

St. Louis Bayern Verein
One of the oldest of all of the St. Louis German/American associations, the St. Louis Bayern Verein was founded on September 9, 1883 to offer sociable entertainment and assistance to fellow Bavarians.  It is still going strong today.

St. Louis Strassenfest Corp. For more information call 314-518-6327

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities

St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 © 3 organization that has been sponsoring cultural, educational, art and business exchanges between St. Louis and our Sister City of Stuttgart, Germany since 1960. Our Annual Winter Ball Karneval is our major fundraiser of the year. The Winter Ball Karneval brings together over 400 members & friends from near and far,  to raise money in support of the following programs:We support three area high schools with their active high school student exchanges with Stuttgart:  John Burroughs, Parkway South and Lindbergh. We support three area universities with active exchanges with the University of Stuttgart: UMSL, St. Louis University and we support the German language program at Webster University. We also support the German Culture Center at UMSL; the German School Association and our board members and volunteers host visitors from Stuttgart and show them our beautiful St. Louis.  We are St. Louis’ oldest Sister City and under the umbrella of the St. Louis World Trade Center and Sister Cities International.

St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club

This club is a member of the the American Volkssport Association as well as the Internationaler Volkssportverband (IVV).  All sanctioned walks and other sports are listed in the AVA web site, with links to other affiliates.  For additional information, please contact the above.
 
Volkssporting simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing and roller or ice skating. You may choose your time to start within the start/finish “window” and participate in the sport at your own pace. For more information contact Harrison Billy Harrison-b3752@sbcglobal.net

Schuetzenverein von St. Louis

Established in 1961, the mission of the Schützenverein St. Louis (St. Louis Shooting Club) is to enhance German and American relationships by providing fellowship and education through mutual social interest in German Schützenverein traditions and competitions.  The organization has regular business meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month and air rifle/pistol practice on the 4th Thursday of every month.  The Club also competes with other regional Schützen Clubs like those from Chicago, Peoria, Cincinnati, etc.

Stammtisch-St. Louis

The Stammtisch is a friendly get together for all who enjoy the German language, culture and beer. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s at Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104. Our informal meetings run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For more information: Pete Moszyk at 314.352.6547 or Jim Morrison at 314.351.1491. E-mail: jimtimmorrison@gmail. Facebook: Stammtisch-St. Louis City