When was Sons of Hermann founded?
The national fraternal organization Sons of Hermann was organized in New York in 1840 to help preserve German traditions while easing the transition of German immigrants into American Society. The Grand Lodge of Texas formed in 1890 in San Antonio with eight lodges. In the 1890's the Dallas Uhland Lodge #22, Columbia Lodge #66, Fortuna Lodge #119, and Germania Lodge #5 joined the Grand Lodge of Texas.
What activities did the Dallas Lodges participate in?
Along with annual events such as parades and statewide chapter meetings, the Sons of Hermann in Dallas also organized a school in 1893 to teach children how to read and speak the German language. In 1898, the Dallas Chapters requested that the Texas State Fair designate a German Day. The celebration included speeches in English and German, music, and observance of German/American Heritage Day and the landing of the first Germans in America.