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Who We Are

The German Cultural Society has its origin in the St. Louis Chapter of the American Aid Society, which was founded in 1945 to help the German refugees of 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 many other immigrants from Germany and Austria.

When the need for help abated in post-war Germany, the members of the Society set the preservation of their cultural heritage as their primary goal. To more accurately reflect this purpose, the organization changed its name in 1969 to "German Cultural Society."

The German Cultural Society is a not-for-profit, nonpolitical organization, whose purpose it is to foster educational and benevolent activities, to preserve and advance the German culture, customs, and language, to cultivate German music, songs, and dances in traditional costumes, all of which make up the German folklore, tradition, and fellowship.

Anyone interested in promoting and supporting the purposes of this Society is welcome to membership. Although the official language of the Society in its meetings, which are held every first Thursday of the month, is German, discussions today are generally held in English.

The German Cultural Society is one of the largest and one of the most successful of the German societies in the St. Louis area, with a multi-purpose building and hall on Jefferson Avenue and the Donau-Park facilities in Jefferson County for outdoor events. For a current list of officers, click here.

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German Cultural Society
3652 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
(314) 771-8368

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