“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Sealy in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Liedertafel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, January 21, 2012
1. Liedertafel Marker
Inscription. Sealy's German immigrants were famous for their love of music. A group of men, some of them Sealy's pioneer settlers, had formed a singing society, called Liedertafel, by 1899. They met primarily in the home of Ferdinand Lux. Lux and Fritz Kinkler, Jr., gave land for the establishment of a permanent building in 1912-1914. One of a number of round frame dance halls built in German communities in Texas, this structure was erected beginning in 1914. The eight-sided hall was built from materials purchased from the F.W. Hackbarth Lumber Company.

There were about 19 singing society members in 1914, and they hosted many concerts, festivals and dances for the community. The Liedertafel Hall was a popular gathering place for special events for many years. Other organizations, lodges and churches used the grounds and hall for their own celebrations, as well.

In 1934 the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department began holding its annual “Firemen's Frolic” fundraiser at the hall. By 1944 the building was in need of repair and the singing society members were aging. Stockholders voted to sell the hall and land to the fire department, which raised funds to purchase and renovate the structure. It became known as the Firemen's Hall.

In June 1945 the new “Fireman's Park” opened with a celebration. The following
Liedertafel Building image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, January 21, 2012
2. Liedertafel Building
year, The Houston Post reported 5,000 attendees at the “Firemen's Frolic.” The firemen donated the hall to a local historical society in 1995. Renovations began that year.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11967.)
Location. 29° 46.886′ N, 96° 10.161′ W. Marker is in Sealy, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of Lux Road and Peschel Lane, on the right when traveling south on Lux Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Lux Road, Sealy TX 77474, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Town Hall (approx. 4.6 miles away); Stephen F. Austin's Cabin (approx. 4.6 miles away); J.J. Josey General Store (approx. 4.6 miles away); Early Roads To San Felipe (approx. 4.7 miles away); John Bricker (approx. 4.7 miles away); Martin Allen (approx. 8.5 miles away); Town of Eagle Lake (approx. 16.6 miles away); Rice Culture in Colorado County (approx. 16.6 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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