The German American Cultural Society came into existence in 1998 with the German Dramatic Society of Onleyville and the Eintracht Singing Society of Pawtucket joining together to form the new organization. Both of the forming groups had been created over 100 years ago by German emigrants to serve the needs of the German community. Both clubs were chartered in Rhode Island as cultural/social societies. Since that time they have served two purposes: the first was to help emigrants integrate into American society and the second was to further understanding by the general population of the rich variety of German costumes, traditions and culture.