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The Layer Family Collection - Order of the Sons of Hermann Dance (1957)

James Layer

Silent | 1957

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  •  Children and adults gather at a ballroom for the Sons of Herman. The Order of the Sons of Herman is a mutual aid society for German immigrants, that originally formed in New York City, promoting German heritage and providing low-cost insurance.  
  •  Pouring beers from the Lone Star keg  
  •  Everyone begins to dance 
 
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This 1950s home movie captures a vibrant party hosted and celebrated by the Order of the Sons of Hermann, a fraternity that preserves German culture and offers low-cost insurance for German immigrants. The gathering is likely held either at the Hermann Sons Ballroom in San Antonio or the Hermann Sons Hall in Dallas. The Order began in New York City as a mutual aid society and then traveled to Texas. The first Texan hall opened in 1861 in San Antonio, and later in Dallas in 1910. This film offers a fantastic glimpse into the festivities, capturing men and women, old and young, dancing, smiling, pouring beers, and clearly having a good time.