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American Turners Local Societies Collection

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Identifier: MSS038
Overview Many Germans immigrated to the United States following the failure of an 1848 revolution designed to introduce democratic reforms into the governments of the German states. Among these immigrants were members of the Turners, an athletic and political organization founded in Germany during the second decade of the nineteenth century. Turners quickly established societies (known as Turnverein or Turngemeinde) in the American cities in which they settled. These societies served as athletic,...

American Turners Records

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Identifier: MSS030
Overview Immigrants to the United States in the nineteenth century founded organizations that served as social centers, maintained cultural identity, and promoted the ideals and the interests of the immigrants and their American-born descendants. The American Turners is an example of such an organization. Established by German immigrants in 1850, the American Turners advocated a liberal political philosophy and fought to protect both the political rights and the German heritage of the immigrants. The...

Athenaeum Damenverein and Women's Auxiliary Records

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Identifier: MSS039
Overview This women’s organization was founded by the Socialer Turnverein (Social Athletic Club) in 1876 as the Indianapolis Turn-Schwestern Verein. It was initially intended to support the activities of the Turnverein, and especially to promote and oversee the girls’ athletic classes, and to help enlarge and preserve the Turner library. Within a few years the Turn Sisters became known as the Damenverein (Women’s Club) des Socialer Turnverein and began to undertake broader responsibilities in the...

Athenaeum Turners Records

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Identifier: MSS032
Overview The Athenaeum Turner organization was founded in 1851 as the Indianapolis Turngemeinde. This athletic and social organization was patterned on German clubs that had supported the 1848 revolutions that attempted to form Liberal republics in several European kingdoms. The men who established the Indianapolis Turngemeinde and the competing Indianapolis Socialistischer Turnverein (merged in 1852 to form the Indianapolis Socialistischer Turnegemiende) tried to create a community focus for the...

Downtown Turners Records

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Identifier: MSS121
Overview In 1954 the Athenaeum Turners in Indianapolis withdrew from the American Turners and became an independent Turner society. In 1973 members of the Athenaeum Turners established a separate society known as the Downtown Turners. The new society joined the American Turners, allowing the members to take part in Turner activities at the national and district level. The members also used the new society as a means of encouraging the Athenaeum Turners to rejoin the national organization. This happened...

Federation of German Societies Records

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Identifier: MSS069
Scope and Contents The collection consista of minutes, administrative documents, publications related to activities, and a booklet published to commemorate the organization's 50th anniversary. The minutes are written in German from 1931 to 1975 and in English since 1976.

Heimaths' Unterstutzungs Verein Records

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Identifier: MSS071
Scope and Contents The collection consists of four volumes of minutes from the organization's meetings, 1897-1977. The first volume (1897-1899) also contains membership lists and accounts. The records, all handwritten, are in German prior to 1950 and in English since 1950.

Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society Records

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Identifier: MSS072
Scope and Contents The collection consists of four volumes of minutes from the organization's meetings, 1897-1977. The first volume (1897-1899) also contains membership lists and accounts. The records, all handwritten, are in German prior to 1950 and in English since 1950.

Indianapolis Maennerchor Records

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Identifier: MSS040
Overview The Indianapolis Maennerchor (men’s choir) emerged from a circle of young men who were part of a wave of immigration that followed the failed European revolutions of 1848. From its formal organization in June 1854 and first performance in May 1855, the Maennerchor provided a cultural focus for the 48ers that was as important as the Asound mind and body@ activities of the Turners. After the American Civil War the Maennerchor emerged as one of the most significant German organizations in...

Indianapolis South Side Turners Records

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Identifier: MSS061
Scope and Contents The bulk of the administrative and photographic records are from the period 1893-1920 and include: meeting minutes of the board, 1893-1919; meeting minutes of the stockholders' association for the building, 1900-1919; a scrapbook of correspondence and administrative papers, 1897-1906; festival books (included with the bound board minutes); and photographs of group activities. Records for the period 1920-1956 are: meeting minutes of the board, 1951-56; meeting minutes of the Athletic Club,...