The German Village Society is an outward-facing charity dedicated to historic preservation and education. That means the annual Haus und Garten Tour is one of our most mission-centric events – showing off what we’ve done as a community to restore and preserve the fabric of this neighborhood, and helping you understand how and why we’ve done it.
We are a place for singles to mingle and families to flourish. We know you love German Village as much as we do! A membership in the German Village Society means you’re helping us preserve the fabric of this neighborhood, which is what brings you down here in the first place!
What we love aboutGermanVillage is far greater than a list of specific benefits. But membership does have its privileges. Members receive:
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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!
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, sound abatement, 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, and Prost! to unify our neighborhood and provide opportunities for stitching together the fabric of our community.
Provides leadership to maintain and enhance Frank Fetch and Schiller 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:
*German Village Society’s Membership Committee does not seek to engage German Village Business Community members in discount programs. We are aware that these programs have stopped and started over the years – sometimes taking the form of a welcome basket and at other times asking businesses to give in-store discounts to GVS members as a “perk” of membership.
GVBC members offer deals and discounts in three main ways: 1) some businesses insert coupons into our “welcome new member” letters, which go out from the Society each quarter to new property owners in the Village; 2) GVBC member discounts, sales and specials are published in the once-monthly electronic newsletter eXplore German Village; 3) many local businesses choose to use our H&G Tour program as a place to offer coupons or other discounts.
GVS members still enjoy discounts to most things sold by the Society, be that event tickets or gifts from the Visitors Center.