Listen in to this lecture by Joseph Heinen, one of the authors of Lost German Chicago, the companion book to the exhibition of the same name debuting in the newly created DANK-HAUS German American cultural center and museum in historic Lincoln Square.
Lost German Chicago traces German-American life through the tumultuous events of the Beer Riots, Haymarket Affair, Prohibition, and America’s entry into two world wars. This exhibition features art, artifacts, and memorabilia from Chicago’s German-American community. Highlights include 30 feet of exquisite wood carvings dedicated to the Germania Club by the Oscar Mayer family, relics from the Deutsches Haus at the Columbian Exposition, Hessen Verein standards, and items from the original Red Star Inn, Schulien’s, Math Igler’s Casino, the Golden Ox, St. Boniface Church, Deli Meyer, FC Hansa, the Schiller Liedertafel, Schoenhofen Brewery, and Lincoln Park Turner Hall, and much more.
DANK-HAUS, located in Chicago’s traditionally German Lincoln Square neighborhood, houses DANK Chicago, a chapter of the nation-wide organization German American National Congress. With a chapter membership of over 1,200, DANK Chicago represents Americans of German descent, their friends and families, and the community in general. DANK-HAUS also houses DANK Schule Chicago, a German language school for both children and adults. Core programming such as Stammtisch, Jazz on the Terrace, Treffpunkt, Kino, German Cinema Now, Oktoberfest, regular fine art installations, literary readings, classical and traditional musical performances, and Sylvester Ball on New Year’s Eve add to the rich, cultural heritage celebrated at DANK-HAUS.