June 12-14, 1872

The National Saengerfest was underway in St. Louis. This was a celebration of German music and heritage which attracted people from many states and countries. The Saengerfest tradition continued in St. Louis for more than five decades until anti-German sentiment in World War II brought it to an end. 

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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