Adolph Pfister's Store


The Germania Verein was founded in 1856, incorporated in 1865. Members met above Pfister's store, located at the southeast corner of Santa Clara and First Streets, across from the Opera House; rooms were open every Thursday. Members had a well-staked library and a reading room. On the last Sunday of each month a play or a concert was being performed.

              In 1878 the address is given as s s Santa Clara Street, between Second and Third Streets.

              In 1881-82 the San Jose directory shows the Germania Verein as being located at 368 Santa Clara Street. (I believe it is the same address as above.






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Recent and Current Activeties of GERMANIA VEREIN, SAN JOSE

First Home of the Germania,1856

Document, 1881

Krumb, Louis, First President

The German Concert, 1868

Orchestra, 1892

Herny L. Schemmel, conductor

Second Home of the Germania,

1878 -1882

Third Home of the Germania,

1882, new hall

Germania Picnic,1882

Stage Play, Germania, 1882

Fourth Home of the Germania,

1889, Williams Store

Societies in San Jose, 1888

Founding of Men's Choir,1889

Fifth Home of the Germania,

1892 - 1923, Lion's Store

Germania History, 1892

Pfister, Adolph, Founder

Membership of the Verein,1893-94

Original Conservatory, 3 Houses

King and His Conservatory

Interior of the Auditorium

about 1900

Initial Concert, Dec.13,1894

Orchestra, Mercury 1951

San Jose Pioneers, Picture

Letter from Redevelopment

Hatred toward German Americans

Mercury News, May 2,1918

Germania since 1923

Sixth Home of the Germania,


Concert Program, 1940

Germania Tea Dance,1989


Dedication, New Flag,


Consecration of the New Flag Sep. 9. 1995

Arborday Performance, Choir

Fire serverely damaged Germania Hall, 1999

Germania Verein is 150 years old

The San Jose Mercury writes about the event