In the summer of 1924, a group of young German immigrants met at the Cincinnati Zoo on German Day. As they gathered around the table, to their surprise, there were many Kolping members. They expressed the desire to establish a Kolping Society in Cinc … show more
In the summer of 1924, a group of young German immigrants met at the Cincinnati Zoo on German Day. As they gathered around the table, to their surprise, there were many Kolping members. They expressed the desire to establish a Kolping Society in Cincinnati. At the first meeting, the initial Kolping Society was formed with 16 members. After a considerable gain in membership, they planned activities, regular meetings, singing and theater groups. On November 26, 1924 on the Feast of Christ the King, they celebrated the official founding of the Kolping Society of Cincinnati with a High Mass at St. Francis Church, celebrated by Praeses Maurice Ripperger, OFM with 46 active members in attendance at the first Communion Sunday.
During 1925, the members sold bonds for the purchase of the Kolping House. The Society was incorporated on May 26, 1925 to further the purpose of the Society. On August 3, 1930, a New Kolping House was formally dedicated. A whole new horizon opened for the Society with this dedication. Programs were expanded, additional special interest groups were formed and the activities of the Society flourished.
On March 27, 1953, the Kolping Society purchased the Grove, 9 1/4 acres, located at 9158 Winton Road, a place that promised to combine all activities of the Kolping Family on one site. Two years later a new and beautiful Kolping Center, meeting hall, and kitchen were completed. This center served as a meeting place for the many immigrants and assisted them in the acclimatization into the American way of life.
Around 1980 it became apparent that the Grove was too small for the Society's needs. Due to a large expansion of the soccer program, the two soccer fields on Winton Road were not enough. The Society, through the Sports Club, sponsored 15-20 soccer teams during the spring and fall. At this time changes in the Franciscan organization began to occur and the Society was approached by the Franciscan's to see if the Society was interested in the...