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Raffles in New York > Trip to Germany sponsored by Krombacher
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Trip to Germany sponsored by Krombacher

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Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen
The Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen of Brooklyn and vicinity was formed in 1883. This society of immigrants from the flatlands of northern Germany (which is the meaning of plattduetsche) was created out of necessity for the welfare and support of its members. The society adopted as its motto "Eendracht makt Macht" or "In Unity is Strength" and the symbol of the beehive - although each individual bee is small, together they can accomplish amazing things.

To finance the organization, yearly beer festivals were held at various restaurants and beer gardens with raffles and shooting contests. In the early 1900s, the real estate boom in Brooklyn wiped out many of the restaurants that had large beer gardens and open outdoor areas. This made holding the yearly fund-raising festivals difficult, so members of the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen began to look east for property to buy. A German farmer in Franklin Square sold them his land, which they divided into two parcels. One was designated for an "old folks' home" and the other for a building and beer garden for the society. The Plattduetsche Home and Renken Apartments are operated independently by the Plattduetsche Home Society and are one of the finest senior living centers on Long Island.

Today, the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen still exists and yearly fund raising festivals are held, much as they were in the late 1800s. Over the past 40 or 50 years, the society has become more of a German-American club that includes members from other areas of Germany including Bavaria and the Frisian islands. In addition to celebrating German heritage, the organization gives out scholarships to high school seniors and hosts events and programs to promote the continuance of culture and tradition.
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