*    February 1945, “Tolnauer Komitat Vergnügungsverein” was founded with 17 members.

*    Club functions & membership increased dramatically in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s due to influx of Donauschwaben immigrants from Europe.

*    The club joined the International Institute, which hosts Holiday Folk Fair, in 1954. This gave us the opportunity to share our culture with many other nationalities.

*    To reflect other Donauschwaben regions, the name of the club was changed to “Donauschwaben Vergnügungsverein” in 1961.

*    In 1963 the Kindergruppe was founded.

*    In 1966 the Jugendgruppe of the United Donauschwaben was founded.

*    In 1966 the Donauschwaben Vergnügungsverein and three other Donauschwaben clubs - the Apatiner Verein, the Mucsi Familienverein and the Milwaukee Sport Club - decided to band together and buy a clubhouse. These clubs formed “The United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee, Inc.”, which governs the facility, the Schwabenhof.

*    In 1968 the property then known as Bert Phillips Ballroom was purchased. The property consisted of almost 12 acres of land, a dance hall, a tavern, a one family house and a soccer field.

*    In 1968 the Jungendkapelle of the United Donauschwaben was formed. Members of this band graduated to perform in the professional German bands around the city.

*    The Frauengruppe was organized in 1969.

*    In 1970 a kitchen and dining room were added on to the tavern of the Schwabenhof.

*    In July of 1971 the club joined the Verband der Donauschwaben USA.

*    In 1972 the Milwaukee Sport Club built a regulation size soccer field and new sports facilities. League games affiliated with the Wisconsin Soccer Association also began being played here.

*    The stage that is part of the pavilion was built in 1975.

*    The Jägerverein was founded in 1976 to share their interests in both trapshooting and recreational hunting.

*    Milwaukee hosted its first Landesvervand Trachtenfest in 1981 at the Eagle’s Club.

*    July 1981, the first annual German Fest was held at Milwaukee’s lakefront. The Milwaukee Donauschwaben play a very active role in
making German Fest the largest German festival in the United States.

*    In 1983 the outdoor pavilion was built. There is seating for 1200.

*    The club’s by-laws were amended in 1984 to include the name change to “Milwaukee Donauschwaben, Inc.”

*    The Trachtengruppe, was formed in 1985 to offer our married couples the opportunity to perform folk dances in the clubs most elaborate Tracht.

*    During the 1990’s the Schwabenhof property was increased by one-third, the outdoor terrace and souvenir booths were built.

*    In 1990 we again hosted the Landesverband Trachtenfest at Milwaukee’s MECCA.

*    In 1994 our Jugendgruppe had the privilege of representing the club in a tour of Germany.

*    Since 2001, the membership has been steadily rising once again and we are committed to establishing a state-of-the art German American Cultural building.

*    In 2003 the by-laws were once again amended and our new name, “The United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee, Inc.” was put into effect.

*    Through our organization, the German-American Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established.

*    In 2002 Milwaukee brought the Landesverband Trachtenfest back to Schwabenhof with great success.

*    The first phase of the German American Cultural Center at the Schwabenhof was finished in 2002 with the addition of a building which houses a new kitchen, soccer locker rooms, restrooms and storage.

*    The success and future of the UdoM is dependent on the willingness and dedication to the preservation of our culture, traditions and past. Come to any of our events and one can see how the next generation of Donauschwaben - those born and breed in this country - are proud to carry on the traditions of our forefathers.