American Club marks centennial

Join The American Club as it celebrates 100 years of company and Village history.

In addition to year-long celebrations, the grand celebration takes place on Sunday, Aug. 5, with a celebratory parade, a speech by Executive Chairman Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., a traditional Kohler ice cream social – and culminates with live entertainment by Grammyaward winner Amy Grant and fireworks.

Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies and a leader in kitchen and bath plumbing products.

The American Club – now a Forbes Five- Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort hotel – has a storied past dating back to 1918, when it was built as a dormitory for immigrant factory workers of the company.

The stately Tudor-influenced red brick landmark featuring a gabled blue slate roof and dormers, is an iconic testament to the American spirit and the company’s pursuit to preserve its links to the immigrant workers who first resided in the building.

The renowned property is also recognized by both the Historic Hotels of America and National Register of Historic Places.

The Aug. 5, 1 p.m. parade will begin at the intersection of Highland Drive and Upper Road heading South, taking a right onto Orchard Road heading West, a left onto Church Street heading South, a right onto School Street heading West, a left onto Valley Road heading South, a left onto Green Tree Road heading East, a left onto West Park Lane heading North, a right onto School Street heading East, and finally a left onto Highland Drive heading North and finishing at The American Club.

The parade will be followed by a 2:30 p.m. speech by Herb Kohler on the front lawn of The American Club

Ice Cream Social and Activities on the Front Lawn of The American Club commence at 3 p.m.

The Eddie Butts Band will perform at 5 p.m. on the front lawn, followed at 8 p.m. by an Amy Grant concert at Ravine Park and a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display over the park.

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