Browse the list of active members in the German-American Societies of Milwaukee!

Austrian-American Society

Also known as Klub Österreich, the Austrian-American Society was founded in 1980 and is a group dedicated to enjoying, encouraging, and preserving Austrian culture in Southeastern Wisconsin. They host annual events including Gründungsfeier (Founder’s Day Annual Banquet), June Club Picnic, Austrian-American Day, Fall Hike, and Wein Fest (“Zum Heurigen”).

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Phone: 414-614-2235

B.G.T.E.V. D'Holzhacker Buam

The B.G.T.E.V. D’Holzhacker Buam Bavarian Dance Club was established in 1935 to preserve and uphold Bavarian culture and traditions. They host an annual Stiftungsfest each spring. Their dancers practice on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM.

Carl Schurz Memorial Park

A private social association founded in 1947 with several outdoor activities and residential cabins and facilities. They host a Chicken Fry each June and German American Day each August.

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D.A.N.K. Milwaukee

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. The Milwaukee chapter was founded in 1960. Each April, they host an annual Frühlingsfest event.

The D.A.N.K. Milwaukee Folk Dancers practice every second and fourth Tuesday at the German Fest office in Menomonee Falls.


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Email: William Bessa at

Deutscher Sprach-und Schulverein (DSSV)

To promote an understanding of the German language and culture through an annual German essay contest and the AATG National German Exam, encourage the study of the German language in high schools with study trip and cash awards, and provide information on career opportunities utilizing German language skills in various fields. Founded in 1956. Hosts of the annual AATG National German Language Contest, DSSV Annual German Essay Contest, DSSV Annual Award Ceremony (first weekend in May), and DSSV Semiannual German Career Day for high school students.

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana

Bavarian dancing, singing and musical instruments are the heritage of the Wendlstoana, founded in 1927. Tirolean folk costumes and traditions are also carried on. Each year, they participate in the Stiftungsfest and Bavarian Bierhaus Oktoberfest events. Their monthly meetings are the first Thursday of the month, dance practices are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, and music practices are the third Thursday of the month, all held at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale att 7:00 PM.

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Email: Jan Luty at

Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band

German Brass Band (blaskapelle) entertaining audiences with their authentic German style music since 1942. Practice takes place at the Lindenwood School Community Center in Mequon on Wednesday evenings.

German-American Police Association of Greater Milwaukee

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.

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, usually every fourth Wednesday, 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.

Annual events include the GAPA Hockey Outing, GAPA Fish Fry & Brewery Tour, GAPA Tailgate, GAPA Anniversary, House of Gerhard (Annual Dinner Social), Chicago GAPA Oktoberfest, and the GAPA Christmas Dinner.

German Fest Milwaukee, Inc.

A Milwaukee tradition since 1981, held annually on the Summerfest grounds during the last full weekend in July 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.


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Phone: 414-464-9444

Goethe House Wisconsin

The mission of Goethe House Wisconsin since 1958 has been to serve as a resource for information about the past and present culture of German-speaking people. Through cultural and educational programs, including German language classes, Goethe House Wisconsin seeks to provide people of all ages with a greater awareness of evolving German societies and, in doing so, promote strong relations, friendships and understanding.

Hessischer Verein

The Hessischer Verein was founded in 1989 to educate the public about Germans of Hessen descent in this frequently overlooked region of Germany.

Karneval Gesellschaft Rheinischer Verein Gruen-Weiss

K.G. Rheinischer Verein Gruen-Weiss is Milwaukee’s Mardi Gras Society since 1964, 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, including Prinzenkrönung, Kindermaskenball, Maskenball, Weiberfastnacht, and Kehraus.


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Phone: 414-294-3105

Kulturvereinigung Deutsche Schule

The mission of Kulturvereinigung Deutsche Schule is to 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; and provide upstanding guidance and purpose to students of the German language and culture. Classes run from September through May and are held on Saturday mornings from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM.


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Phone: 414-364-1651

Milwaukee Damenchor

The Milwaukee Damenchor, founded in 1989, is a German-American Ladies Chorus that sings German songs at several competitions and concerts throughout the year, including an annual Christmas concert. Practice is on Mondays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Milwaukee German Fest office in Menomonee Falls.

Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit

Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit preserves the Krampus tradition at local events and festivals.

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Milwaukee Liederkranz

Milwaukee Liederkranz is a men’s chorus, founded in 1878, specializing in German songs, as well as songs sung in English. Practices are held on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Latvian House of Milwaukee.

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 centers and events, such as the Christmas tree lighting in Brookfield, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Lions Club national convention, and 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 Schwaben Maennerchor

The mission of the Milwaukee Schwaben Maennerchor, founded in 1898, is to perpetuate and spread the culture of German song. Most classical and folk selections of various German songs are performed a cappella. The Schwaben Maennerchor has joined forces with the Milwaukee D.A.N.K. Chor, rehearsing and performing together for the benefit of both choirs. Practices are held on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the German Fest office in Menomonee Falls.

Milwaukee Turners

The Turner motto since 1853, “Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” expresses their holistic vision for realizing human potential through the harmonious integration of intellectual and physical development. Mondays- 5:15 to 6 pm Pre-K Gymnastics is held on Mondays from 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM; Level 1 & 2 Gymnastics is held from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Saturdays- 10 am to 11 am Level 1 Gymnastics is held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; Rock Climbing is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika

Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika

The Milwaukee Mullers are a non-profit organization founded on January 23, 1996 in Germantown, Wisconsin, to educate the public about Tyrolean (Austrian) folk customs. This group is the first of its kind in North America.

Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt

Members of the Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt folk dance and music group perform in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt preserves the dance, music, and dress of the Germanic people who lived in the historic northern province of Pomerania. PTF dancers and musicians perform at festivals across Milwaukee and beyond, including the annual “Pommerntag” (Pomeranian Day) celebration in Mequon on the last Sunday in June.

Practice for all dancers is held on Tuesday evenings at the Lindenwood School Community Center in Mequon. The two children’s dance groups, Lütten and Backfische, practice from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, and the combined Jugend/Erwachsenen group for dancers ages fourteen and older practices from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, followed by a social hour.

Pommerscher Verein Freistadt

Pommerscher Verein Freistadt was founded in 1978 to preserve Pomeranian culture through the study of its history, genealogy, culture, and language. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 1:00 PM. The annual “Pommerntag” (Pomeranian Day) celebration in June features opportunities to learn more about Pomeranian culture, history, music, and dance.

S.V.E.V. D'Oberlandler

The mission of S.V.E.V. D’Oberlandler is to perpetuate the Bavarian culture through dance and music. Founded in 1928. Practices are held on Fridays from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Business meetings are held on the second Friday of the month. Annual events include the Bavarian Beer Bash and Anniversary Celebration.

Schwaben Financial Aid Society

The society was founded in 1882 by immigrants from Schwaben, located in Southwestern Germany, to provide financial support to other immigrants. Today, it is primarily a benevolent social society.

Contact information is not currently available.

Spielmannszug Drum and Bugle Corps

The Spielmannszug Milwaukee Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1957 by a group of dedicated people who wanted to maintain the German culture and its music here in the United States with Fanfaren, fifes, drums, lyres, hunting horns, and cymbals. Practices are held on Wednesdays at the Frontier Park Community Building in Butler. Tanzsterne Minis practice from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM, Juniors and Seniors practice from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, and the Drum and Bugle Corps practices from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee

The Donauschwaben are ethnic Germans who lived outside of Germany in the Slavic regions of Eastern Europe, predominantly along the Danube River. The purpose of the United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee, founded in 1945, is to keep the Donauschwaben heritage alive while promoting the language, food, and customs to the public. Kindergruppe practices are held on Tuesdays at 6:15 PM, Jugendgruppe practices are held on Sundays at 6:00 PM, Kulturgruppe practices are held on Sundays at 4:30 PM, Frauengruppe and Jaegerverein meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM, and Spaß Milwaukee meets at events throughout the year. UDoM hosts a variety of events, including Schlachtfest, Jaegerball, Maiball, a Father’s Day Picnic, Traubenfest, Oktoberfest, and the Holiday Frauen Bazaar.

Volkshoch Schule

Giving adults the opportunity to learn about German language and culture since 1998. Classes are held on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.


Phone: 262-367-2682

Wisconsin Sängerbezirk, Inc.

The Wisconsin Sängerbezirk was founded in 1892 and 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. Wisconsin Singers District is the umbrella organization consisting of nine German-American Choruses in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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.


Phone: 262-375-0294

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