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SeventeenGerman Friendly Society

SeventeenGerman Friendly Society

29 Charlmers Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

The German Friendly Society of Savannah was organized on July 26, 1837, for the relief of indigent members, their widows and orphans, and to promote social and friendly harmony among the German community of Savannah.

The building that is now the German Friendly Society was constructed around 1829. It originally housed a Bible depository. In 1882 the Carolina Art Association purchased the Bible depository for its headquarters and in 1904 the association moved to 135 Meeting Street which is now the Gibbs Memorial Art Gallery.

The German Friendly Society purchased the building for its headquarters in 1942. Founded by members of St. John's Lutheran Church in 1766, the German Friendly Society gave assistance to new immigrants and aid to orphans and widows.

The building contains a collection of artifacts that depict more than 200 years of the Society's history, as well as portraits of past officers, the earliest of whom were distinguished Revolutionaries.