The German Village Society is a public, outward-facing nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation education.
Your financial support of our work, through your membership gift, helps us to implement our mission and five-year strategic plan, adopted in 2015. Members receive:
Why join? Watch this video of our 2015 accomplishments.
For the Good of the Neighborhood the German Village Society:
Educates property owners, residents, and visitors about historic preservation and historic preservation techniques.
Educates our community and visitors about the importance of following the German Village Commission Guidelines that help protect and preserve the historic character of our Village, including providing site visit evaluations and photos as needed, for theGermanVillage Commission and code enforcement purposes.
Supports the German Village Commission in its work, collaborating on the Guidelines’ updates and showcasing exemplary renovations in partnership with the Commission through the annual Caretakers of a Legacy recognition program.
Solicits, maintains and makes available archives and historic files of individual German Village properties. We have a file for every property in our historic footprint and you can research your home online by clicking here!
Collaborates with city and state government leaders to value, protect and enhance our historic neighborhood (such as the Third Street Master Plan, 70/71 split issues, brick street repair, trash collection, code enforcement, safety, parking, etc.).
Partners with other historic communities and groups and contiguous neighborhoods to value, protect and enhance our beloved community.
Provides community-based volunteers to staff the Visitors Center with an award-winning video to educate visitors about German Village’s history and to answer questions and direct visitors to German Village businesses.
Coordinates educational, docent-led tours for children and adults from around the world.
Maintains the Meeting Haus for our neighbors and our community to have a central location for gathering, meeting and celebrating.
Offers an array of activities such as Haus und Garten Tour and PreTour, Village Lights, Art Crawl, Tea 43206, Monster Bash, Pet Parade, and much more.
Partners with other German Village organizations, such as the German Village Garten Club, Actors’ Theatre, Art Crawl, Friends of Frank Fetch Park, Village Connections, Southside STAY and Prost! to unify our neighborhood and provide opportunities for stitching together the fabric of our community.
Provides leadership to maintain and enhance city parks as beautiful, welcoming oases in our urban setting, in partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department and theGermanVillage Garten Club, Friends of Fetch and Schiller Parks, and Huntington Garden Deadheaders.
We know that the attractions that bring you to our neighborhood are the same amenities that make our residents and businesses proud to welcome you: