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Now, as in the past, the German Society of Pennsylvania seeks to further the understanding of:
Â· German and German American contributions to our history and the growth of our culture.
Â· The economic and technological contributions to American life by selected German American industries, institutions or individuals.
In fulfillment of our mission, we:
- Offer cultural programs, activities and experiences, such as concerts, lectures, movies, seminars and others to members and public at large.
- Teach German language, including Business German, and cross-cultural understanding. We plan offer English language courses and orientation programs for newly arrived immigrants of all nationalities.
- Invite the use of the Joseph Horner Memorial Library, the largest private German-American library in the United States with its collection of over 70,000 volumes and documents, many of them unique or rare, as well as contemporary periodicals and reference materials from Germany.
- Preserve and maintain the Societyâ s art and archival collections and its historic buildings, designated as landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places. These encompass the Library, Auditorium, Ratskeller, and classrooms.
- Plan to offer informative perspectives to visitors to the Society of contributions by selected industries, institutions, and individuals.
The German Society of Pennsylvania dates back to 1764 and is the oldest and most venerable German-American cultural institution in America. The beautiful three-story building, at 611 Spring Garden Street, has been in the possession of the Society since it was constructed in 1888. The building is an amalgam of American Victorian and Germanic design influence.
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