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German choirs from Columbus having free Zoar concert today

Published: June 17, 2017 5:00 AM
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ZOAR -- Historic Zoar Village continues its 200th anniversary celebration with a free community concert by the Columbus Maennerchor and Damenchor today, June 17. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Zoar United Church of Christ (Meeting House) located at 142 E. Fifth St., Zoar.

Founded in 1848, the Maennerchor, or "men's chorus," is the largest and longest continually active German singing society in North America. The Damenchor, or "women's chorus," was founded in 1931. Together, the groups perform traditional German music to advance the understanding of German language, culture and song. More than 40 singers from both groups will perform in the Zoar concert.

This event is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome and will go toward the ongoing restoration of Historic Zoar Village. Visitors who would also like to tour the museum and grounds can purchase tickets in the Zoar Store located at 198 Main St., Zoar. General admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students ages five to 17. Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.historiczoarvillage.com or call 330-874-3011.

Historic Zoar Village was founded by German Separatists in 1817 and thrived as a communal settlement for more than 80 years. Zoar's historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2016. Dozens of village structures have been painstakingly preserved through the collaborative efforts of the Zoar Community Association and the Ohio History Connection.


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