Upcoming events and calendar
INDIANA GERMAN HERITAGE SOCIETY CALENDAR
STAMMTISCH AND PROGRAMS - Check back for updates!
We meet the second Wednesday of every month for in-person and/or virtual program.
Please register in advance!
2023 Upcoming Programs
Wednesday June 14: Berlin: Past, Present, and Future
IGHS members Ron Flick and Charlotte Ottinger will speak and offer observations on their December, 2022 trip to Berlin, Germany. The highlight of the visit was a personal tour hosted by Hoosier native Jane Simon of the of the award-winning James Simon Gallery addition to Berlin's world-renowned museum complex on Museum Island.
Wednesday August 9: Indianapolis Liederkranz German Band Concert in German Park
Enjoy the German waltzes, marches, and the sing-along with the ILkGB. Founded by Jeff Westfall in 2014, it is a volunteer community band, sponsored by the Indianapolis Liederkranz. Liederkranz was founded in 1872, 151 years ago! Many band members dusted off their instruments, put away since high school graduation, and are enjoying making music again. Patrick Rutledge is the Konduktor. Share the joy of German music at this concert.
Wednesday September 13: Student Presentations
Students, who received travel scholarships from IGHS, are invited to share their experiences in Germany and Austria at this Stammtisch. IGHS contributes support for students in the I.U. Honors Program and the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).
Wednesday October 11: German Christmas Traditions
For decades Jim Gould has been studying German Christmas traditions of tree ornaments, Krampus, Weihnachtsmann, Sankt Nikolaus, and other traditions. He is a collector, an expert, and an enthusiast, who also crafts his own ornaments following traditional methods.
Wednesday November 8: Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
Mitchell High School student Anna Sowder discovered IGHS online and volunteered to present on her year-long program. She stayed in Nord Rhein-Westfalen, not far from Köln/Cologne. CBYX is a prestigious program, funded by the US and German governments, for motivated high school students, who want to experience culture and learn German through a full-immersion experience.
Wednesday December 13: Weihnachtsliederkranz und Christbaumschmuckaustausch at Carmel (The Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along and Ornament Exchange).
At the Carmel Christkindlmarkt our program is singing the classic German Christmas songs, such as “O Tannenbaum,” “Still, Still, Still,” and, of course, “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.” This will take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Participate in the ornament exchange by bringing a wrapped ornament of $5-$10 value. Put one in the basket and take a new one home.
All Stammtisch programs are presented in English, are free of charge, open to the everyone, Programs begin at 7:30 PM. Please register in advance for each Zoom session, or just join us in person.
Registration is required for all Zoom events. Use the links above to register in advance for each program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
July 14 & 15 2023: Oldenburg Freudenfest
Celebrate the German heritage of the Village of Spires. Friday 14 July is the warm up party. Saturday at Noon the fest opens with music, games, Lauf, hike, etc. www.freudenfest.com.