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The ninth German-American Saengerfest, a massive week-long choral convention is held in New York City

Opening Celebrations, German-American Choral Society Convention, New York City, July 15, 1865, artist's impression
07/15/1865 to 07/21/1865
The Ninth German-American Saengerfest, a convention of German choirs from across the United States, was held in New York City.  More than two thousand visitors joined the area organizations in a week-long celebration.  The event opened with a reception at City Hall, continued with concerts, tours, a competition that saw the top two prizes go to choirs from Philadelphia, and closed with a great choral presentation. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Great Saengerfest in New York," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 5, 1865, p. 316.