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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. 

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How German Ingenuity Inspired America: More Fun, More Beauty, More Freedom

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On President’s Day, Feb. 15, 2021, Lynne Breen, the author of this anthology of German influences, took us on a virtual road trip through the United States, from Massachusetts to Washington, DC, tracing the contributions and footsteps of Germans and German-Americans. The event included a special guest appearance by Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of President Harry Truman, whose endorsement can be found on the back cover. Whilst President Truman was known for this staunch opposition to Nazi Germany during World War II, the Truman family tree includes a few German links through his grandfather Solomon Young, or Jung, and the Goodnights, originally Gutknecht, who also  traced their roots to Germany. Please click on the Read More button below for a recording of the presentation.

 

Donations for Flood Victims in Germany – July 2021

Donations for Flood Victims in Germany – July 2021

During the past two weeks, multiple regions of Western and Southern Germany have been severely affected by floods, which resulted in almost 200 deaths, and the complete destruction of homes and infrastructure.
150 Years of Germany — How the Empire Shaped the Modern Nation State

150 Years of Germany — How the Empire Shaped the Modern Nation State

As executive director of GAHF, I am often asked to provide an overview of Germany’s history. This is an understandable question considering that some 50 million Americans today claim German descent. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

May your Christmas season be filled with peace and joy, and may the next year bring you and your families happiness and health.
New GAHF Board of Directors

New GAHF Board of Directors

On Saturday, Dec. 12, GAHF held its virtual annual meeting followed by the last Board of Directors meeting for 2020, which was also held via Zoom. 
Beethoven 250 – Virtual Tribute Concert with The American Virtuosi at 6 PM EST on Dec. 16

Beethoven 250 – Virtual Tribute Concert with The American Virtuosi at 6 PM EST on Dec. 16

2020 is the 250th anniversary year of the musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven. Please mark your calendars for a tribute concert on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 6 – 7:30 pm EST.
Video of German-American Day 2020

Video of German-American Day 2020

Thank you to everybody who participated in and attended our very first virtual German-American Day celebration via Zoom. If you missed it, we are happy to provide you with a link to our YouTube channel, where you can watch the event in its entirety.

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