Austrian American Society

Purpose

Also known as Klub Österreich–a group dedicated to enjoying, encouraging and preserving Austrian culture in southeastern Wisconsin. And tasty beer.

Year Founded

1980

Practice Info

None

  • Gründungsfeier – Founder’s Day Annual Banquet
  • June Club Picnic
  • Austrian American Day
  • Fall Hike
  • Wein Fest “Zum Heurigen”

Email

dugscott@hotmail.com

frankschmitz1@netzero.com

Facebook

Check us out

Phone

414-614-2235

@qwerty

Berliner Bären

Purpose

The club originally started to support the Berlin culture and language.  The language is unique to Berlin, the capital of Germany.  Along with the language comes the culture and attitude of Berliners.  For those reasons, the Berliner Bears started an effort to continue the Berliner language and culture.  In the past, our meetings were heated with Berliner flare.  Today, our meetings are still held in “Berliner” dialect; however, with coffee and cake after the meetings, they are now short and to the point.

Year Founded

1965

Practice Info

None

We meet every even month, second Sunday in the German Fest Office.

Email

dierose@sbcglobal.net

Phone

262-377-5819

Carl Schurz Memorial Park

Purpose

A private, social association with several outdoor activities and residential cabins and facilities.

Year Founded

1947

Practice Info

None

Public events:

Annual Chicken Fry in June

German American Day in August

Phone

262-966-2841

Facebook

Come visit us.

 

Website

None

D. A. Schützen Club, Inc.

Purpose

Free style shooting club using the German 25 ring target.

Year Founded

1935

Practice Info

N/A

N/A

Phone

414-258-2929

Facebook

N/A

Website

N/A

D.A.N.K. Milwaukee

Purpose

The German American National Congress, Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress, commonly referred to as DANK, actively works to preserve German culture, heritage and language in the United States. It is our aim to inspire people with Germanic heritage and those interested in German cultures and language to recognize and celebrate the culture in a number of exciting ways.

Year Founded

1960

Practice Info

 

DANK Milwaukee Folk Dancers

Dancers meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at German Fest Office

German Fest
Frühlingsfest ( DANK Milwaukee’s annual event in April )

Email

William Bessa
wb_dank@yahoo.com

Facebook

DANK German American National Congress Chapter Milwaukee

Website

www.dank.org

Danube  Cultural Society

Purpose

The Danube Cultural Jugendgruppe is for young adults ages 7 to 26 who wish to take part in their heritage through ethnic dancing.

Year Founded

2003

Practice Info

4:00p.m. Sunday at the German Fest Office

Schlachtfest

German Fest

Deutscher Sprach-und Schulverein (DSSV)

Purpose

To promote an understanding of the German language and culture through an annual German essay contest and the AATG National German Exam. To encourage the study of the German language in high schools with study trip and cash awards. Provide information on career opportunities utilizing German language skills in various fields.

Year Founded

1956

Practice Info

None

Email

info@dssvwi.org

Facebook

German Career Day

Website

www.dssvwi.org

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B.G.T.E.V. D’Holzhacker Baum

Purpose

Our mission is to maintain the traditions of our forefathers in preserving the customs and culture passed down from generation to generation with special regard to the dance of Bavaria known as the Schuhplattler

Year Founded

1935

Practice Info

2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00p.m.

German Fest

Holiday Folk Fair

Email

dholzhackers@gmail.com

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

www.bgtevdholzhackers.com

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana

Purpose

Bavarian dancing, singing and musical instruments are the heritage of the Wendlstoana. Tirolean folk costumes and traditions are also carried on.

Year Founded

1927

Practice Info

Thursdays,  7:00 pm at Bavarian Bierhaus

Meeting – first Thursday

Dancing – 2nd & 4th Thursdays

Music Practice – 3rd Thursday

German Fest

Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Bierhaus

Stiftungsfest

Email

jan-luty@wi.rr.com

Facebook

Come visit us.

Website

None

Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band

Purpose

German Brass Band (blaskapelle), entertaining audiences with their authentic German style music.

Year Founded

1942

Practice Info

Wednesday evenings at Lindenwood School

Bockbier Fest

Pommerntag

German Fest

Oktoberfest

Email

secretary@altekameraden.com

Facebook

Come and visit

Website

www.altekameraden.com

German Fest Milwaukee

Purpose

A Milwaukee tradition held annually on the Summerfest grounds, along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. One of the largest German festivals in North America, German Fest Milwaukee is known for its authentic food, culture and entertainment.

Year Founded

1981

Practice Info

None

Gerrman Fest is held the last full weekend in July on Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds located on the lakefront east of the downtown area.

Email

info@germanfest.com

Phone

414-464-9444

Facebook

Come and visit

 

Website

www.germanfest.com

German-American Police Association

of Greater Milwaukee

Purpose

PURPOSE

Mission Statement: The German-American Police Association of Greater Milwaukee is a social club that focuses on the celebration of German heritage among law enforcement officers, family and friends.  The association has no affiliation or ties to any political organization.  Its aims are to promote a positive view of law enforcement and strengthen the foundation of German history that has earned Milwaukee the title of “German Athens” of the United States.

About: The German-American Police Association of Greater Milwaukee was established in 2008, and is a fraternal and social organization comprised of law enforcement officers with an interest in celebrating German heritage.

Milwaukee-GAPA currently meets once a month, and is seeking new members comprising of active and retired law enforcement officers from the Milwaukee area and abroad.  Associate membership is also available to non-law enforcement officers.  Milwaukee-GAPA aims to grow into an organization that will hold social functions for its members and families, along with promoting charitable activities that would benefit German-American entities in the Milwaukee area.

Year Founded

2008

Meeting Info

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month (subject to change during certain months)

  • Annual GAPA Hockey Outing
  • Annual GAPA Fish Fray & Brewery Tour
  • Annual GAPA Tailgate
  • GAPA  Anniversary
  • House of Gerhard (Annual Dinner Social)
  • Chicago-GAPA Oktoberfest
  • Annual GAPA Christmas Dinner
  • Annual GAPA Christmas Dinner

Email

mkegapa@gmail.com

Facebook

@qwerty

Website

www.milwaukeegapa.com

Germany Philatelic Society

(Milwaukee Chapter 18 “Heinrich von Stephen”)

 

Purpose

Dedicated to the documentation, preservation, advancement and promotion of the stamps and postal history of Germany and its related areas through education, study, research and services.

Year Founded

1949

Meeting Info

4th Sun. (except July & Dec.), 7 p.m. at German Fest Office

Annual Convetion

Email

faganfalls@aol.com

Facebook

N/A

Website

N/A

Goethe House Wisconsin

Purpose

Our mission is to serve as a resource for information about the past and present culture of German-speaking people. Through cultural and educational programs, Goethe House Wisconsin seeks to provide people of all ages with a greater awareness of evolving German societies and in doing, promote strong relations, friendships and understanding.

Year Founded

1958

Practice Info

N/A

German Language Classes

Email

jaessing@ghwisconsin.org

Facebook

Visit us

Website

www.ghwisconsin.org

Hessischer Verein

Purpose

The Hessischer Verein was founded to educate the public about Germans of Hessen descent in this frequently overlooked region of Germany.

Year Founded

1989

Practice Info

N/A

None

Email

grmnfst@yahoo.com

Facebook

N/A

Website

N/A

Karnevals Gesellschaft Rheinischer Verein Gruen-Weiss 

 

Purpose

We are the Mardi Gras Society focused on a wider identity among everyone interested in the traditions of Karneval. We promote and participate in many events to preserve the heritage of our German culture through music, dance, food and song that defines Gemütlichkeit.

Year Founded

1964

Practice Info

Every third Sunday at 2:00p.m. at the Bavarian Bierhaus

Prinzenkrönung

Kindermaskenball

Maskenball

Weiberfastnacht

Kehraus

Klub der Pommern

Purpose

Social club concentrating on the old Pomeranian area as well as the East Prussian (1940 and earlier) area.

Year Founded

1936

Meeting Info

1st Sunday of the month except January, July and August

German Fest

Email

rknrinaldi@aol.com

Facebook

N/A

Website

N/A

Kultur Vereinigung

Purpose

Maintain a school of German language in order to uphold and pass-on German language, traditions, customs, literature, art and music. Promote, develop and encourage good fellowship and social activities among our member societies. Bring together and strengthen German organizations throughout Wisconsin with common goals of preservation of German culture, language and education. Provide upstanding guidance and purpose to students of the German language and culture.

Year Founded

1932

Class Info

Classes run from September through May and are held Satuday mornings from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM.

None

Phone

414-364-1651

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

www.germanschoolmilwaukee.com

Milwaukee D.A.N.K. Chor

Purpose

The German American National Congress, Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress, commonly referred to as DANK, actively works to preserve German culture, heritage and language in the United States. It is our aim to inspire people with Germanic heritage and those interested in German cultures and language to recognize and celebrate the culture in a number of exciting ways.

Year Founded

1960

Practice Info

DANK Milwaukee Chor

Singers meet every Thursday at German Fest Office

United German Choruses of Milwaukee Annual Christmas Concert
Sängerfest

Email

Julia Kendl
dankmkechor@gmail.com

Facebook

DANK German American National Congress Chapter Milwaukee

Website

www.dank.org

Milwaukee Damenchor

Purpose

The Milwaukee Damenchor is a German-American Ladies Chorus. We sing German songs at several competitions and concerts throughout the year.

Year Founded

1989

Practice Info

Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee German Fest office

Annual Christmas Concert

Email

irene.goedde@att.net

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

N/A

Milwaukee Liederkranz

Purpose

Men’s Chorus specializing in German song, as well as, songs sung in English.

Year Founded

1878

Practice Info

Location: Latvian House of Milwaukee

Time/Days: Weekly—Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

Besides an annual Spring Concert, the Liederkranz Chorus performs various concerts during the year for festivals, senior centers, weddings, as well as, performances at special civic events, such as the Christmas tree lighting in Brookfield, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Lions Club national convention, the Mitchell Park Domes.

The singers are also members of the Wisconsin District Combined Chorus and participate in the North American Singers Association National Singers Festival, and the Milwaukee German Fest Opening Ceremony and Sunday Church Service.

Milwaukee Liedertafel

Purpose

The Milwaukee Liedertafel is an all men’s choral group, most members currently singing together with the Milwaukee Liederkranz. The Liedertafel, still an active fraternal group, became inactive as a singing group in 2016 due to declining singer participation.

Year Founded

1858

Practice Info

Location: Latvian House of Milwaukee

Time/Days: Weekly—Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

  • Marching in the German Fest Parade
  • Volunteering hours to German Fest
  • Supporting the Wisconsin Sängerbund

Email

gary.luther@sbcglobal.net

262-490-8073

Facebook

None

Website

None

Milwaukee Sport Club

Purpose

Milwaukee Sport Club offers high quality
coaching and facilities to support our youth academy, select and adult soccer teams.

Year Founded

1953

Practice Info

Fall/Spring

  • Monday/Wednesday Training

Winter

  • Indoor training in MSC Training Facility

Germanfest
Soccerfest

Email

Brett@reichtool.com

Facebook

Check us out

Website

milwaukeesportclub.com

Milwaukee Turners

Purpose

The Turner motto, “Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” expresses their holistic vision for realizing human potential through the harmonious integration of intellectual and physical development.

Year Founded

1853

Practice Info

Mondays- 5:15 to 6 pm PreK Gymnastics; 6 pm to 7 pm Level 1 & 2 Gymnastics; Saturdays- 10 am to 11 am Level 1 Gymnastics Rock Climbing – Tuesday 5pm-10pm, Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday Noon-5pm and Sunday Noon-5pm.

 

The Turners hold many classes and seminars throughout the year.

Email

milwaukeeturners@gmail.com

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

www.milwaukeeturners.org

Muller Fasching Club

Purpose

The Mullers purpose is to educate people in the United States of their Tyrolean (Austrian) folk customs.

Year Founded

1996

Practice Info

Second Monday of each month at 7:30pm (except July & August)

Bummel Tour – Old Town, Kegel’s Inn, Kochanski’s Concertina Bar

Schlachtfest  – United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee

Schlachtfest – Danube Cultural Society of Southeastern Wisconsin

Milwaukee Maskenball  – Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee & Spielmannszug Milwaukee

Weiberfastnacht – Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee

Fat Tuesday  – Old Town Beer Hall

Kehraus – Rheinischer Verein Milwaukee

Fasching – Hofbrauhaus Chicago

Email

info@milwaukee-mullers.org

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

www.milwaukee-mullers.org

Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt

Purpose

A colorful dance troupe preserving the traditional dance, music and heritage of Pomerania, a Germanic Province along the Baltic Sea. Curious? Then come and join us on a Tuesday for a “Get acquainted” session with any age group.

Year Founded

1977

Practice Info

Location: 12351 N. Granville Rd. Mequon, WI

Time/Days: Weekly—Tuesdays (Youth 6:30-7:30 pm; Adults 7:30-9:30 pm)

Email

pommerndanz@hotmail.com

Facebook

Come and like us!

Website

www.ptfusa.org

Pommerscher Verein Freistadt

Purpose

Pommerscher Verein Freistadt was founded to preserve our Pomeranian heritage through the study of its history, genealogy, culture and language.

Year Founded

1978

Practice Info

Monthly meetings are held the second Friday of the month,
usually at 7:00 p.m.

Erntedank Fest

Pommerntag

Email

information@pommerscher.org

Facebook

Be our friend

Website

pommerscher.org

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S.V.E.V. D’Oberlander

Purpose

To perpetuate the Bavarian culture through dance and music

Year Founded

1928

Practice Info

Friday evenings 8:00 to 10:00p.m.

(Business meeting 2nd Friday of the month)

  • Bavarian Beer Bash
  • Anniversary celebration

Email

cindy.hartz@cbexchange.com

debehr@qg.com

Facebook

Be our friend

Website

oberlander.org

Schwaben Financial Aid Society

Purpose

The society was founded over 135 years ago by immigrants from Schwaben located in Southwest Germany to provide financial support to other immigrants. Today it is primarily a benevolent social society.

Year Founded

1882

Practice Info

None

S.F.A.S. participates at German Fest in conjunction with the Schwaben Männerchor.

Email

@qwerty

Facebook

@qwerty

Website

@qwerty

Schwaben Männechor

Purpose

Perpetuate and spread the culture of German song. Most classical and folk selections of various German songs are performed a capella. The Schwaben Männechor has joined forces with the Milwaukee D.A.N.K. Chor rehearsing and performing together for the benefit of both choirs.

Year Founded

1898

Practice Info

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30p.m. at the German Fest Office.

German Fest

Wisconsin Sängerbezirk competition

UGC Christmas Concert

North American Sängerbund Sängerfest

Email

rnies414@gmail.com

Facebook

N/A

Website

N/A

Spielmannszug Drum and Bugle Corps

Purpose

The Spielmannszug Milwaukee Drum and Bugle Corps was founded  by a group of dedicated people who wanted to maintain the German Culture and it’s Music here in the United States with Fanfaren, Fifes, Drums, Lyres, Hunting Horns and Cymbals.

Year Founded

1957

Practice Info

Wednesday nights at the Butler Frontier Park Community Building. Tanzsterne Minis practice 6:00 – 6:30 pm, Juniors and Seniors practice from 6:30-7:30 pm,
Drum & Bugle Corps practices from 7:30-8:30 pm

Bockbier Fest

German Fest

Karneval

Email

president@szmke.org

Facebook

Come visit us

Website

www.smzke.org

United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee

Purpose

The Donauschwaben are ethnic Germans that lived outside of Germany in the Slavic regions of Eastern Europe predominately along the Danube River. The purpose of the
United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee is to keep the Donauschwaben heritage alive while promoting the language, foods and customs to the public at large.

Year Founded

1945

Practice Info

Kulturgruppe – Sundays @ 4:30pm | Jugendgruppe – Sundays @ 6pm
Kindergruppe – Tuesdays @ 6:15pm | Spaß Milwaukee – Events throughout the year.
Frauengruppe & Jaegerverein – First Wednesday of the Month @ 7:30pm

Schlachtfest @ The Schwabenhof (January)
Jaegerball @ The Schwabenhof (March)
Group Trivia Night @ The Schwabenhof (April)
Maiball @ The Schwabenhof (May)
Father’s Day Picnic @ The Schwabenhof (June)
Milwaukee’s Germanfest @ Summerfest Grounds (July)
Traubenfest @ The Schwabenhof (September)
Oktoberfest @ The Schwabenhof (September)
Holiday Folk Fair International @ State Fair Park (November)
Holiday Frauen Bazaar @ The Schwabenhof (November)

Email

info@theschwabenhof.com

Facebook

www.facebook.com/donauschwaben

Website

www.theschwabenhof.com

Volkshoch Schule

Purpose

Giving adults opportunity to learn the German language and culture

Year Founded

1998

Class Info

Thursday classes held 9:00a.m. to 2:30p.m.

None

Email

frankschmitz1@netzero.com

Phone

262-367-2682

Website

N/A

Wisconsin Sängerbezirk, Inc.

Purpose

Wisconsin Singers District is the umbrella organization consisting of nine German-American Choruses in southeast Wisconsin.

Year Founded

1892

Practice Info

Location: N/A

Time/Days: N/A

The Wisconsin Sängerbezirk is a member of the Nord-Amerikanischer Sängerbund (NASB), which consists of over sixty German-American choruses in the United States. The Wisconsin District Gemischter Chor is made up of singers from all member district choruses and participates in the NASB National Sängerfest, which is held every three years. The District Gemischter Chor also performs at the Milwaukee German Fest Opening Ceremony and Sunday morning church service each year.

The Sängerbezirk conducts a Wisconsin Sängerfest annually, with the exception of National Sängerfest years, where the participating choruses perform individually and then gather to form the district chorus to perform the final set of the main concert.

The Sängerbezirk also hold an annual singing competition referred to as the Sängerkommers. The competition is judged by professional music educators and the first place chorus takes home the coveted traveling trophy.

Email

262-375-0294

Facebook

None

Website

Information and events of the Wisconsin Sängerbezirk can be found on the
North American Association website.

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