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The Lancaster Liederkranz is a German Singing Society and Cultural Club, established in 1880 to promote and perpetuate German singing, dancing, music, language, foreign exchange, and culture for its members and their guests.
The Liederkranz is a private, membership club. Non-members must be accompanied by a member except for select dances and special events which are open to the public. Those events are noted by an asterisk on the schedule of events listed on our Calendar and Schedule Page.
We welcome membership applications from all persons of good will age 21 years or older. Membership information and an application form is available on our Membership Page. Proper fees and sponsorship must accompany application.
Our Mission In the year 1880, on the fourth day of July, in the city of Lancaster, a group of men of German origin met and organized a Singing Society to be henceforth known as the LIEDERKRANZ. The object of this organization was to meet fraternally, sing and preserve native songs and music as well as perpetuate social customs of the Homeland.
In the year 1909, the Lancaster Manerchor and the Arbeiter Manerchor consolidated with the LIEDERKRANZ in order to promote the cultivation and improvement of the German chorus as well as sociability. These principles remain valid.
We continue today as a dynamic family organization dedicated to perpetuating and amplifying our founders' original purpose through song, dance, language, art, education and international cultural exchange. _________________________________________________________________________ Brief History 1880 – On July 4, 1880, the Liederkranz was chartered by the Lancaster County Court and moved to quarters in the Schiller Haus, 283 North Queen Street, Lancaster. This is recognized as the official start of the present day Liederkranz.
1909– The Lancaster Mannerchor and the Arbeiter Mannerchor consolidated with the Liederkranz. Frank Rieker, Lancaster's brewing king, arranged for the money to renovate a building on Prince and German Streets (now Prince and Farnum) with the addition of a concert hall/ballroom and Ratskeller. The Liederkranz moved into these facilities the following year.
1993 – With German influence in the neighborhood declining, the facility at Prince and Farnum Streets was sold and the Liederkranz moved to its present location, the clubhouse and grounds of the Mt. Joy Legion at 722 South Chiques Road in Manheim (Salunga.) Official occupancy and ownership of the facility occurred in November.
Visit the History Page for more Liederkranz historical information.