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The Altenheim - Oakland, CA - this was the first Altenheim in Oakland.   The Altenheim, which means "elders’ home" in German, is a historic German-American retirement home originally built in 1893-1896 to house retirees of Germanic descent.   The original towering Queen Anne wooden building burnt down in 1908.  The current structure was built in 1908-09 in a Colonial Revival style designed by Oscar Haupt.

The Altenheim - Oakland, CA - this was the first Altenheim in Oakland. The Altenheim, which means "elders’ home" in German, is a historic German-American retirement home originally built in 1893-1896 to house retirees of Germanic descent. The original towering Queen Anne wooden building burnt down in 1908. The current structure was built in 1908-09 in a Colonial Revival style designed by Oscar Haupt.

"Hermann Sons" Petaluma, CA - The "Hermann Sons Museum" was established in 1979 in the Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma.   The Order declined rapidly after two world wars and a lack of new German Immigrants.   However, the spirit of our lodges is very much alive in our meetings, social events, oktoberfests, bustrips, pickincs, conventions, etc.   They are all full of fun in the German Gemütlichkeit tradition.

"Hermann Sons" Petaluma, CA - The "Hermann Sons Museum" was established in 1979 in the Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma. The Order declined rapidly after two world wars and a lack of new German Immigrants. However, the spirit of our lodges is very much alive in our meetings, social events, oktoberfests, bustrips, pickincs, conventions, etc. They are all full of fun in the German Gemütlichkeit tradition.

Logo of the "United German-American Societies of the Greater Bay Area" - who organized all the German clubs in 1983 and again in 1990 for important anniversary celebrations in the German-American community - which numbers over 200,000 people in the nine county Bay Area.

Logo of the "United German-American Societies of the Greater Bay Area" - who organized all the German clubs in 1983 and again in 1990 for important anniversary celebrations in the German-American community - which numbers over 200,000 people in the nine county Bay Area.

Entrance to the Sacramento Turn Verein Hall. This is the oldest German-American organization in the state of California, founded in 1854. The current hall was built by the Turn Verein in 1923.

Oktoberfest at the Turn Verein

Entrance to the Sacramento Turn Verein Hall. This is the oldest German-American organization in the state of California, founded in 1854. The current hall was built by the Turn Verein in 1923.

Germania Verein / Germania Hall - San Jose, CA - In the book ‘The San Jose Township’, which was published in 1882, at the bottom of page 499, it simply states: The Verein was started in the year 1856. In 1865, the club incorporated and it became the Germania Verein. In 1882, the club members moved into a brand new, elegant clubhouse at 114 South Second Street. Since 1923 they have owned this hall at at 261 North 2nd Street.

Germania Verein / Germania Hall - San Jose, CA - In the book ‘The San Jose Township’, which was published in 1882, at the bottom of page 499, it simply states: The Verein was started in the year 1856. In 1865, the club incorporated and it became the Germania Verein. In 1882, the club members moved into a brand new, elegant clubhouse at 114 South Second Street. Since 1923 they have owned this hall at at 261 North 2nd Street.

The "Germania Verein" San Jose - this hall was purchased by the Verein in 1923 and is still in use to this day. The "Germania Verein" was founded in 1856 and is the second oldest German-American organization in California after the "Sacramento Turn Verein" (est. 1854).

The "Germania Verein" San Jose - this hall was purchased by the Verein in 1923 and is still in use to this day. The "Germania Verein" was founded in 1856 and is the second oldest German-American organization in California after the "Sacramento Turn Verein" (est. 1854).

St Elizabeth Catholic Church Oakland, CA St Elizabeth Catholic Church in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA - This church was built in 1892 to serve the local German speaking community in Oakland, but also included Irish, Italian and Portuguese. Today it serves a largely Spanish speaking congregation.

St Elizabeth Catholic Church Oakland, CA St Elizabeth Catholic Church in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA - This church was built in 1892 to serve the local German speaking community in Oakland, but also included Irish, Italian and Portuguese. Today it serves a largely Spanish speaking congregation.

"Russian Center" San Francisco - showing the main ballroom and balcony seating of this hall that was built by the German community in 1911. S.F. Turn Verein 1911-1939.

"Russian Center" San Francisco - showing the main ballroom and balcony seating of this hall that was built by the German community in 1911. S.F. Turn Verein 1911-1939.

Sacramento Turn Verein library - GERMAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER LIBRARY With 162 years of rich history comes an incredible amount of archives, which are found in the Sacramento Turn Verein’s illustrious Library. The process of organizing it all began in the early 1990s, when Dr. Jon Igelman proposed rescuing a great number of forgotten letters, photographs, and other memorabilia stored haphazardly in the Turn Verein’s basement.

Sacramento Turn Verein library - GERMAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER LIBRARY With 162 years of rich history comes an incredible amount of archives, which are found in the Sacramento Turn Verein’s illustrious Library. The process of organizing it all began in the early 1990s, when Dr. Jon Igelman proposed rescuing a great number of forgotten letters, photographs, and other memorabilia stored haphazardly in the Turn Verein’s basement.

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