Month: May 2016

Embassy Adoption Program at GAHM

The Embassy Adoption Program brings local students to the GAHM!

A city-wide initiative that pairs DC fifth- and sixth-graders with embassies across Washington, DC, students from Ms. Chambers and Ms. Kirk’s fifth-grade class at Powell Bilingual Elementary School in NW visited the GAHM today as part of their year-long partnership with the Embassy Adoption Program and the German Embassy.

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In Praise of a Pencil draws school children

The GAHF celebrates Museum Education Day with Seaton Elementary School!

As part of the museum’s efforts to expand outreach to local schools and to provide students with enriching cultural and educational opportunities, the GAHF welcomed Mr. Coward’s and Ms. Richards’s fifth-grade classes to the GAHF for a day of fun and learning. This program,  sponsored by Staedler,  is the first outreach to neighborhood schools within the context of the current exhibit ” “In Praise of the Pencil”.  

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GAHF present at EU Open House

Hundreds learn about the GAHF at Annual EU Open House!

An ever more popular tradition in DC now celebrating 10 years, the EU Open House: Passport to Europe welcomed thousands of visitors to the embassies of the European Union. Opening their doors to the public on Saturday, May 14th, the German Embassy greeted thousands of visitors for a unique chance to learn about German and French culture. Taking part in the celebrations, the GAHF and other local German-American organizations added to the cultural program to share their connection to Germany. Highlights of the event included performances by the Washington Saengerbund and school groups as well as a German beer garden with authentic food and drink.

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American Perceptions of Germany

While most Americans view Germany in a positive light, the recent study funded by the German Information Center pinpoints areas that concern Americans.

On Saturday May 7, 2o16  Dr. Stefan Buchwald, Minister Counselor at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Director of the German Information Center USA, presented the findings of the study at the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®. The presentation generated a lively discussion.

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Hollywood comes to you

100 Years of Hollywood – “The Laemmle Effect”

The story of Hollywood and the motion picture industry is perhaps America’s most quintessential immigrant success story.  All of the major film studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age were founded by German and Eastern European immigrants or their descendants. Nearly all of them were of Jewish heritage; Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Studios, the Fox Film Corporation, and Columbia pictures stand as some examples. Universal Studios, one of the most iconic, was founded by German immigrant Carl Laemmle. Hollywood’s story would be very different without the “Laemmle Effect”—the vision of a pioneering German immigrant who built the largest film studio in the world at that time on a chicken ranch in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles a century ago.

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In the steps of Luther

On October 31, 2017, Martin Luther’s recorded posting of the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberger church castle celebrates its 500th anniversary. While celebrations in earlier centuries were kept national and confessional, the upcoming anniversary of the Revolution ought to be shaped by openness, freedom and ecumenism. In 2017 we aren’t just celebrating 500 years of the Reformation, but we are also reminded of the role the Reformation played in the development of the modern age.  What started in Wittenberg in the 16th century not only changed Germany and Europe but is also an important part of the immigration history of the German-Americans to the USA.

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