The Indiana German Heritage Society invites you to "Das Deutsche Haus - Athenaeum, 100 Years Forward", a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:
  • Learn about the History of Das Deutsche Haus (The German House)
  • Discover the reasons the building's name was changed to the Athenaeum
  • Celebrate the unveiling of a new "Das Deutsche Haus" plaque on the building's façade
  • Enjoy a reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages
  • Leaning about the significance of George Washington's birthday to our German immigrants
  • Feast on a 5-course dinner based on the menu of the Athenaeum's Annual Meeting held on February 22, 1918 (ticketed event)

On Thursday, February 22 the Indiana German Heritage Society will commemorate the day when 100 years ago, the name of the fabulous building in our city constructed by German-Americans was renamed 'The Athenaeum'.  This public event will begin at 5:30 PM at the west entrance with the unveiling of a new 'Das Deutsche Haus' plaque that is a half-size replica of the original tablet. We will then move inside to the Damenvereinzimmer for a reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages compliments of the Max Kade German-American Center.  The festivities will conclude with a 5-course dinner beginning at 6:30 PM in the Willkie Room that recreates the dinner served a century ago at the Annual Meeting of the Athenaeum.  The dinner will consist of vegetable crudité, Consomme Princesse, Liberty Rolls, Fillet of Sole with white wine sauce plus Roast Duck with currant jelly, Potato Rissole, Hearts of Lettuce with Thousand Island Dressing, Biscuit Tortoni, Fancy Cakes, and Coffee.

After dinner speakers will be Dr. Giles Hoyt and William L. Selm, emceed by Heinz Roesch.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by February 15 and are $50 or $25 for students.  You can purchase them on  You can also include this URL to locate tickets for this event:  

National and local dignitaries have been invited and we are sincerely hoping that they will be able to attend this very special event.

We urge you to attend this event that will re-celebrate those immigrants who established a rich German-American culture in our city and built the magnificent building originally known as Das Deutsche Haus. 

There is limited seating for the dinner -- purchase your tickets now!

We look forward to seeing you on February 22!