Welcome to the Eintracht Singing Society website.
Eintracht continues to promote German culture and traditions with our annual German Day Festival, biergartens in our beautiful picnic grove featuring live music, German and American home cooked food prepared by our club ladies, special dinners and fish fry's during the winter season, dances in our air conditioned ballroom and concerts by the Eintracht Chorus locally as well as throughout the tri-state area.
A brief history
In 1904, Jacob Kohl arrived in America from Hainstadt an Main, Germany. He settled in Dayton, Ohio and formed the Arbeiter Gesangverein Eintracht (Workers Singing Society). The group provided a place were immigrant workers could meet and discuss work, social problems and sing. Meetings were originally held in homes and later at a hall on Wayne Avenue while concerts were held in rented halls and parks.
The club consisted of a music committee, three trustees, a protocol secretary, a Schatzmeister, a historian and a music director. The trustees handled all of the finances. A fee of 50 cents to join and 25 cents monthly dues were collected from members. There were 21 singers to start, and by 1917 there were 50 singers and 350 members. In 1932, land was purchased on the banks of the great Miami River for picnics and festivals and a caretaker's cottage was later built.
After World War I ended, an influx of German immigrants boosted the membership of Eintracht, even though there were twenty or more German clubs in the Dayton area at that time. During World War II, many German members of Eintracht served in the American armed forces and the Eintracht ladies bundled and sewed clothing to aid in the war effort. The end of the war also saw many more German immigrants arriving and an increase in membership.
Rent our ballroom
The ballroom is perfect for wedding receptions, family reunions, and private parties. Our picnic area is seated in a scenic country setting and our catering department is more than happy to accommodate groups
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