YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Maennerchor, 831 Mahoning Ave., will have an open house from 3-9 p.m. Friday to mark its 139th anniversary.
The Maennerchor is one of the oldest clubs in Youngstown and the second oldest German singing club in Ohio. It was established Jan. 4, 1863, and moved to its current home in 1925. A display depicting the history of German immigrants and German heritage in the Mahoning Valley will be part of the festivities.
Among the contributions of locals who boast a German heritage are the establishment of The Rundschau, a German-language newspaper established by William F. Maag. The Rundschau was published from 1874 to 1917. Maag also published The Vindicator and founded WFMJ.
Over the years, the Maennerchor has hosted a variety of events. Among the highlights were Ohio District concerts in 1935 and 1972, and a two-day program in June 1937 that featured more than 1,200 singers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
The Youngstown Maennerchor will sponsor the Ohio District German Singing Societies concert this year. It will take place May 18-19 with performances at Liberty High School and the Holiday Inn MetroPlex, Liberty.