The Altenheim: A German “Old People’s Home” Through the Ages
Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
Friday, June 22nd, 7:30pm |6th Floor Skyline Lounge
In May of 1886 the Altenheim, a German "Old People’s Home" in Forest Park, officially opened its doors to 75 elderly Germans after a vigorous fundraising campaign by the Frauenverein des Deutschen Altenheims, the Women’s Society of the German Old People’s Home. For decades the Altenheim served the aged German-American community before becoming a senior residency open to other ethnic groups as well. It is still in operation today.
In his presentation, Dr. Reinhard Andress (Director of German Studies at Loyola University Chicago) will trace the history of the Altenheim through the years, its ups and downs, twists and turns, including some entertaining oddities of its development.
A suggested door donation of $5.00 will support the DANK Haus museum and cultural programming. German refreshments will be available for purchase
Free parking will be available in the MB Financial Lot (entrance on Western & Gunnison). The DANK Haus can also be reached by CTA Brown Line (just a half block from the Western station)