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The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

Welcome

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.
German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™

Review of the 33rd Annual Council of 1000 Award and Fundraising Gala

For more than 30 years, GAHF has been honoring deserving German-American men and women for leadership and achievements in business, the arts, education, science, politics, and society. Past candidates have included famous entrepreneurs and even celebrities, but in 2019, the Board of Directors chose to present four of its own members with the 2019 Distinguished German-American of the Year™ award:

  • Erich Ast of Pennsylvania who embodies the American dream as an immigrant, a successful businessman, philanthropist and volunteer
  • Frederick H.W. Hansen of New York, a co-signer of GAHF’s charter documents and dedicated fundraiser for Hockemeyer Hall
  • Helmut Krüger of New Jersey, a GAHF founding member who served as president for 13 years and helped pass a bill for German-American Day and the German-American Friendship Garden
  • Hank Stoffel of California, a long-time board member, tireless regional representative for Northern California, and retired pilot who stands for discipline, dedication and hard work
ZOOM Discussion on Aug. 18 at 1 pm — German-Americans and the Woman Suffrage Movement

ZOOM Discussion on Aug. 18 at 1 pm — German-Americans and the Woman Suffrage Movement

Please  join us for a virtual Zoom discussion on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a special emphasis on German-American suffragettes and the perception and impact of women’s suffrage in the German-American community.
Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July

The board members and staff of the German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum wish you all a very happy 4th of July! 
COVID-19 Update: Reopening of the GAHM Begins

COVID-19 Update: Reopening of the GAHM Begins

Dear Members and Friends, On Monday, June 22, Washington, D.C. entered phase 2 of the gradual reopening, which allows non-essential businesses to provide expanded services with capacity limits. As you know, our museum temporarily closed in mid-March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
German-American Oral History Project – Everybody has a Story!

German-American Oral History Project – Everybody has a Story!

Dear Members and Friends,
We recently announced a revival of our oral history project for Americans who are either immigrants from a German-speaking country themselves or whose ancestors immigrated from a historically German-speaking region, and we hope that we can count on your participation. Everybody has a story, and we want to learn yours!
COVID-19 Update and Upcoming Projects

COVID-19 Update and Upcoming Projects

Two months have passed since we temporarily shut our doors following declarations of a public health emergency in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. While some parts of the country are slowly opening up again, Washington, DC’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, last week extended the stay-at-home order for the city and its non-essential businesses through June 8.
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