In 1908 the National Saengerfest of the North American Saengerbund was held in Indianapolis. It brought 75,000 visitors to the city, establishing Indianapolis as a national center for German culture in America. The first day of the Saengerfest opened at Tomlinson Hall at seven in the morning. By three in the afternoon a parade of 162 German societies began and ended at Monument Circle, where two thousand singers grouped for songs and speeches. The North American Saengerbund banner was carried on a float drawn by six white horses and carrying a woman of imposing stature representing "Germania." She was accompanied on the float by young women and men, and children. That night there was a concert held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The original nitrate negative was copied with funds provided by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 1990. This digital image was created from that copy. The copy prints and negatives are stored in Microfiche Number order. Interpositives are stored in PAN number order.
|Origin:||June 17, 1908|
Bretzman, Charles F.
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Parades & processions
Monument Circle (Indianapolis, Ind.)
German Americans--Societies, etc.
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