CANCELLED Lecture: August 21

This lecture has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

German Benevolent Societies – presented by Daniel Hammer
August 21, 2012 at 6:30pm
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home at 5100 Pontchatrain Boulevard
Free to the public

The German Benevolent Societies were created in the mid nineteenth century to give assistance and comfort to German immigrants that settled in New Orleans. These societies played an important role in the lives of local Germans, providing them among other benefits, a place for them to bury their deceased members.

Daniel Hammer is Head of Reader Services at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection. He has a Bachelors degree in German literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from the Tulane University School of Architecture. Since he began at The Collection in 2005, he has worked closely with its significant holdings relating to the history of the German community in New Orleans. He created an online research pathfinder to these materials, available at, and has published and presented numerous papers about 19th and 20th Century German New Orleans, and the German community organizations whose records are preserved at The Collection. Currently, he is working with members of the Society for German-American Studies to plan for its 37th annual conference, to be held in New Orleans in May 2013.