Thank you, to all of our volunteers, members, and guests who helped make this year's Oktoberfest, wunderbar! - Officers, Trustees, & Fest Committee.
Please Note: The Lancaster Liederkranz is a private membership club.Non-members must be accompanied by a member except for special fest events which are sponsored and open to the public. Those events are listed on ourFests Page.
We welcome men and women of good, will who have attained the age of twenty-one, to apply for membership. Sponsorship and admission fee are required. More here:Membership Page
About the Lancaster Liederkranz The Lancaster Liederkranz is a German singing society and cultural organization, 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 special events which are sponsored and open to the public. Those events are noted on our Fests 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 Rathskeller. 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.
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