The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® wishes you and all the moms in your life a Happy Mother’s Day! Sincerely, GAHF
The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ will be closed this Saturday, May 13th, as we are participating in the annual EU Open House. Visit us this Saturday at the Embassy of Germany and learn more about the cultures and traditions of France and Germany. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This past Sunday, my family and I spent the day at Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison, Virginia along with four hundred registered guests.  Hebron Lutheran Church is very special to Americans of German-speaking heritage – it is the oldest Lutheran church in continuous operation, and many of the attendees descended from the German colonists who married, baptized children, held funerals — and left records that have brought Americans spread across the continent back to their first church home in America.

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.

Closed Easter Weekend

In observance of Easter, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® and the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ will be closed Friday, April 14th through Monday, April 17th. The GAHF and the GAHM will reopen on Tuesday, April 18th. We thank you for your understanding and hope you have a nice Easter weekend.