New York Turners and the Turner Archives
“The New York Turnverein records held at the Max Kade Center are, in my opinion, unique in the field of German-American archival collections, given their completeness, the years covered, and their granularity. These records document how deeply involved the NY Turnverein was in the everyday life of the local German migrant community: it offered the chance to attend and participate in sporting events, theatrical performances, choral concerts, German language classes, and festivals. It is wonderful that such a collection has been preserved.” Markus Bierkoch, April 2019.
Markus Bierkoch is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation focuses on German-speaking migrants and their descendants in New York City 1898-1933. He is especially interested in migrant associations as providers of social and financial benefits for their members but also as political actors that engaged in city, state, and even national politics.