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May 2020
Featured Stein

Two Student
Liqueur Service Steins
by John Piet
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The image above provides a link to the most recent in a series of short articles begun in 1999 as the Stein of the Month. Since that time more than two hundred and thirty articles have been published. Click here to see a visual index of the entire series of articles. There’s every likelihood that one or more of them will immediately grab your interest!

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Selected Articles from The Reading Room and The Featured Stein Archives

If for no other reason, student association steins are collectible because of their bright colors and coats of arms, and the sense of history and tradition they convey. These beautifully decorated steins were common gifts between members of the same association, and they signified a special and lasting bond of friendship. Take a look at a few articles about them.

From the Library:  German Student Societies, History and Traditions.

The origins of Paragraph 11 lead us to the University of Heidelberg, where students did not need any special reason to raise a stein. Read about their strict beer drinking code.

What is it with those skull steins? Gosh, those students sure did like to have a good time. Learn about German beer blasts and singing:
Gaudeamus Igitur.

Crossed swords on a student stein signify crossing swords! It was a manly thing to do, and many student associations had long and serious traditions of dueling:
Dueling Student Stein.

These articles, and more, can be found in the READING area or in the archives of Featured Stein articles.



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