The first German immigrants
The German Society of Pennsylvania was founded to relieve these fellow countrymen and women who were being sold into a form of slavery. The founding members of the Society preached humanity and the maintenance of German practices, moral standards, and charitable acts.
Officially founded on
December 26, 1764, The German Society of Pennsylvania is the oldest
organization of its kind in the
The original home of the
German Society (GSP) was the German Lutheran Schoolhouse on
The surge in membership around the turn of the century can also be attributed to the founding of the Women’s Auxiliary on May 22, 1900. Started by twelve ladies, led by Antonie Ehrlich, the Women’s Auxiliary soared to 800 members after its official incorporation in 1908.
World War II was a difficult
time for the Germans of the Society.
was a deeply personal struggle to stand by while two countries they
dearly were at war with each other. At
the end of
the war, the GSP partnered with the “American Relief for
In the 1960s, the Society
began to take a further interest in students and the youth of the
Since the 1960s, the Society has been able to hold its own. The membership is now approximately 700. The calendar is packed with all different types of events – lectures, dinners, movies, concerts, tastings, and much more. The language program for adults and children is taught in a fun, relaxed, and affordable atmosphere. The Library’s holdings are growing. The halls are abuzz just about everyday with volunteers cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the building.
It is only through generous donations from our supporters that we will be able to further the understanding of German and German-American contributions to the growth of American history into the future.
In 1764, when the GSP was founded…
The French Revolution was twenty-five years in the future.
Wolfgang von Goethe was
his travels for the
Friedrich Schiller was only five years old.
Mozart was writing his first symphony – at the age of eight.
Beethoven would be born six years later.
The French and Indian War had just come to a close.
complete historical summary can be found in “A
History of the German Society of