Turn Verein Hall: A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

The historic Turn Verein Hall was devastated by a fire on Sunday, January 13, 2008. On these pages we document the history of the hall, the German immigrants who built it and its uses over the years. It is a sad loss of an historic building which was used and loved by thousands over its history.

Recent email from Carole Kulzer Brennan dated October 20, 2008:
This is to advise that Turn Verein was originally part of a nationwide organization (still viable) called The American Turners. Additional history information can be obtained at www.americanturners.org
Additionally, Turner societies are located in Adams, Clinton, and Holyoke.
Carole (Kulzer) Brennan
First Vice-President, Los Angeles Turners and District Council Representative to the American Turners

Help us complete the history. If you have memories, stories, photographs please send them to research@lawrencehistory.org and we will add them to these pages.

See a few pictures of Turn Hall and the many people who have assembled there over the years. Do you recognize any of them?

See where Turn Hall is located on Google Map. Turn Hall is in the center of the aerial view. Click on the scale on the left to zoom out and and see where Turn Hall is situated in Lawrence.

See the recent March 2008 article on the Turn Hall in the Northeast Regional Library System (NMRLS) newsletter

See the recent March 21 article on the Turn Hall, Market Street fires and the LHC website in the Eagle Tribune.

Future use of Turn Hall Site

For more information on the history of Turn Hall:


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