Grand Island Liederkranz
Tour the Hall
The Club was founded on November 7th, 1870 and incorporated January 2nd, 1871.
It presently has the distinction of being the oldest club in Grand Island, Nebr.
The Club was organized as a singing society to promote singing, music,
drama, art, and literature. The German name Liederkranz means "Song
Wreath" or "Circle of Song."
The Union Pacific Railroad donated two lots of the present site for
the original frame building costing $3,275.00. This building was
replaced with the present one in 1911 at a cost of $61,757.84. It
is one of the few buildings in Grand Island to be registered with
the Nebraska State Historical Society and on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Both buildings served as the primary community meeting place for many
years for events such as the signing of peace treaties with the Indians,
carnivals, revivals, political conventions, and commercial meetings.
The paintings displayed in the Dining and Centennial rooms, which depict
the history of the Liederkranz and Grand Island, were presented to the Club by the Grand
Island Sketch Club on the 100th aniversary of the club.
The Liederkranz has always been recognized as a leader in civic programs
throughout its history and we continue this tradition by making our
facilities available to charitable organizations for their fundraisers for a
The Liederkranz remains a family club. Our facilities include a dining
room, lounge, bowling alley, meeting hall, ballroom, and enclosed courtyard.
The Liederkranz is owned by the Membership and governed by a nine-member
Board of Trustees who are elected by the Membership. The Club has a hired
manager, however some of the day-to-day operations are managed
by a group of volunteers, so some of the people who serve you may be volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer (a good way to meet people), please come to a board meeting.
Current Board members are:
President: Sue Mayhew
Vice-President: Rudy Stumpf
Secretary: Pam Glaser
"Wo man singt, da lass dich ruhig nieder; Böse Menschen Haben Keine Lieder."