Sacramento Turn Verein

Where is the center for German traditions in Sacramento?

It’s right here at the Sacramento Turn Verein, where folks with German ancestry and people with an interest in German culture congregate – to socialize, to study German, to party, to exercise, and to carry on some old German traditions – like Oktoberfest, Erntedank­fest, Bockbierfest, Feuerzangenbowle, Maifest and other fun events

Many drive past this building at 3349 J Street, curious to know what those German words “Turn Verein” mean. Most are surprised to learn that “Turn Verein” means “Gymnastic Club.”

It all started in the early 1800s at a time when Europe’s many small German states were moving toward liberation and a unified German nation. Promoters of democratic reforms began training in vigorous physical exercise (referred to as “patriotic gymnastics”) as a means to­ward that end. Thus the Turn Verein movement grew – and spread to America, led by its many German immigrants.

The German nation was finally born in 1871. Our Sacramento Turn Verein, founded in 1854, is the oldest still- active institution in our big city. Welcome!

(Pronounce it – “TOORN-fair-ine”)

Where is the center for German traditions in Sacramento?

It’s right here at the Sacramento Turn Verein, where folks with German ancestry and people with an interest in German culture congregate – to socialize, to study German, to party, to exercise, and to carry on some old German traditions – like Oktoberfest, Erntedank­fest, Bockbierfest, Feuerzangenbowle, Maifest and other fun events

Many drive past this building at 3349 J Street, curious to know what those German words “Turn Verein” mean. Most are surprised to learn that “Turn Verein” means “Gymnastic Club.”

It all started in the early 1800s at a time when Europe’s many small German states were moving toward liberation and a unified German nation. Promoters of democratic reforms began training in vigorous physical exercise (referred to as “patriotic gymnastics”) as a means to­ward that end. Thus the Turn Verein movement grew – and spread to America, led by its many German immigrants.

The German nation was finally born in 1871. Our Sacramento Turn Verein, founded in 1854, is the oldest still- active institution in our big city. Welcome!

(Pronounce it – “TOORN-fair-ine”)

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