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Month: December 2016

Standing with Germany and Freedom

I’m sure many of you are horrified at the latest attack by terrorists on our civilization, this time in Berlin. At the beginning of this month, my wife Marie and I visited that very Christmas market several times, as it was just down the block from our hotel where we were staying on business.

For Marie and I, this was our third brush with terrorism.

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Merry Christmas

The GAHF wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas.

Many of the Christmas traditions practiced in the United States were introduced by German-Americans. Christmas trees were first popularized by German immigrants in Pennsylvania. While Christmas decorations and celebrations were banned in colonial New England for being considered sacrilegious, the display of Christmas trees among other practices gained widespread acceptance during the early 19th century.

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Holiday Schedule

In observance of the holiday season, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® and the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ will be closed from Saturday, December 24th – Monday, January 2nd. The GAHF and the GAHM will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd. Season’s greetings from the GAHF.

1st Annual Christmas Market Draws Crowds

To celebrate the holiday season, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® hosted its first annual Christmas market. Themed after the famous Christmas markets found in Germany, vendors set up shop in wooden booths in the museum’s exhibit hall to sell a variety of Christmas favorites. Ornaments, fleeces, and gourmet German treats were among the many items at the market. The GAHF was joined by member club the Alpine Singers whose songs brought holiday cheer to the market. The GAHF wishes to thank all vendors, the Alpine Singers, sponsor Forge Brew Works as well as all the visitors for making the event so successful.

We’re Sorry. The GAHM is closed on Sunday, December 4th.

We’re sorry. The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ is closed on Sunday, December 4th. Our Christmas Market was held on Saturday, December 3rd. An announcement incorrectly stated that the event was held on the 4th, but this was a typo. Apologies for the misprint and thank you for your understanding.

Tickets for the Christmas Festival Sold Out

Due to limited space, tickets for the Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3rd are sold out and will not be available at the door. Sorry for any inconvenience! We wish you a happy holiday season!