The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

German American Heritage Museum

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® serves as the national membership association for German-American heritage. GAHF cultivates a greater awareness for German-American heritage and history through outreach efforts that deepen cultural understanding.

We are committed to:

  • Sharing a positive image of Americans of German-speaking heritage by focusing on their historical contributions to American society.
  • Strengthening the ethnic awareness and diversity of German-Americans.
  • Promoting the German language and culture.
  • Cultivating German American friendship and bonds.
  • Supporting cooperative efforts among German-Americans and their organizations


The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF) is dedicated to preserving, educating and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of German-speaking ancestry. Our mission is to be an effective voice for German-Americans in cultural and public policy matters in the United States.


The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, Inc. was established in 1977 and chartered the following year as the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc. as an independent, tax-exempt, educational, not-for profit organization.

What we do

  • Increase
  • public knowledge about the rich heritage of all Americans of German speaking descent

  • Educate
  • the American public about the historical contributions of German-Americans to the growth and development of society in the United States

  • Develop
  • a broader understanding and deeper knowledge about the Germany of today and its role in transatlantic relations and on the world stage

  • Promote
  • the German language and culture

  • Support
  • cooperative efforts among all German-Americans in the United States

  • Cultivate
  • Geman-American friendship and cooperation