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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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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
German at the GAHM – March 25, 2020 – 10-Week Course

German at the GAHM – March 25, 2020 – 10-Week Course

Register Now for our New German Language Course (Advanced Beginners – A2 level) at the GAHM! Have you always wanted to learn German, and just never found the right time or the right program?

Westward Ho! Listen to the Washington Men’s Camerata on March 29, 2020 at 4 PM

Westward Ho! Listen to the Washington Men’s Camerata on March 29, 2020 at 4 PM

Save the Date for Westward Ho! March 29, 2020 at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC with the Washington Men’s Camerata

Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

The Board of Directors of the German-American Heritage Foundation and the staff of the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C. wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a new year filled with happiness, success, and health!

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

A very happy Thanksgiving from all of us at GAHF to you, your families, and your friends. We hope that you can enjoy some special time together on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

Do you know a high school student who wants to spend a year abroad? The Council on International Educational Exchange, or CIEE, a nonprofit organization, is looking for students with U.S. citizenship who are between 15 and 18 (birthdates: Feb. 1, 2002 – Aug. 1, 2005) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for a fully-funded academic year in Germany.

October is not too late for Oktoberfests 2019

October is not too late for Oktoberfests 2019

Written by Kelsey Cartelli

We have officially left summer behind. But before it’s time to put up those Halloween decorations, there’s one can’t-miss-festival on the horizon: Oktoberfest!

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