The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® wishes you and all the moms in your life a Happy Mother’s Day! Sincerely, GAHF
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Happy Easter

The GAHF wishes you and your family a happy Easter. Easter as it is celebrated in the United States today has been shaped in many ways over the centuries by traditions brought over from Germany. While colored and decorated eggs, often symbolizing rebirth, have been part of Easter and other festivals around the world for centuries, the folklore of an Easter bunny hiding Easter eggs was first noted in 1682 by the German physician Georg Franck von Franckenau. It would then take another century for this holiday tradition to reach America.
On March 24, our Executive Director was invited to view the recently opened Baltimore Immigration Museum. She was welcomed by GAHF members Brigitte and Nicolas Fessenden, drivers of this monumental endeavor. The Baltimore Immigration Museum is dedicated to preserving Baltimore’s rich history of immigration as well as educating the public about the different ethnic groups who came to America in the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum itself is located in a historic building used as temporary housing for immigrants before they continued their journey. To learn more, please visit: immigrationbaltimore.org​.
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Happy Karneval!

The GAHF wishes you and your family a happy Karneval! Karneval is a celebration in Germany that dates back centuries. Rooted in Catholic tradition, Karneval honors the final days of freedom before the solemn 40-day observance of Lent begins. Modern-day festivities begin on Weiberfastnacht and culminate on Ash Wednesday and consist of thousands of people flooding the streets in costume. Although its exact origins are unknown, the word Karneval is rumored to have developed from the Latin words “carne levare,” meaning “away with meat”. Popular in the Rhineland, this tradition is also celebrated in southern Germany as Fasching or Fastnacht. Unlike the Karneval parades that originated to mock Prussian pomp and circumstance, the Fasching parades of southern Germany stem from pagan traditions of chasing away winter.
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Happy Presidents Day

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® wishes you a Happy Presidents Day. Originally established in 1879 by Congress to celebrate George Washington’s birthday on February 22nd, this holiday now often includes all presidents. Herbert Hoover, elected in 1928, was the country’s first German-American president. Since then, numerous presidents have had German ancestry. Herbert Hoover had German-speaking ancestry on his paternal side and was the descendant of Andreas Huber, who immigrated to America from the Palatinate in the 18th century. He was also of Swiss-German ancestry.
I’m sure many of you are horrified at the latest attack by terrorists on our civilization, this time in Berlin. At the beginning of this month, my wife Marie and I visited that very Christmas market several times, as it was just down the block from our hotel where we were staying on business.
For Marie and I, this was our third brush with terrorism.