Historic Zoar Village Traveling Exhibit on Display at the GAHM

The GAHF was thrilled to host the opening reception for the new Historic Zoar Village Traveling Exhibit on Thursday, March 30th. On loan from the Historic Zoar Village and Zoar Community Association, this exhibit commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Historic Zoar Village, Ohio, and shares the story of how German immigrants created one of America’s most successful communal settlements. Please click here to see photos from the opening reception.

Message from the Executive Director April 2017

We are delighted to introduce our new monthly e-newsletter GAHF Club Connect, which compliments our regular e-newsletter and is solely dedicated to highlighting our German-American member clubs and organizations and their activities. Since our establishment 40 years ago, our mission has been to serve as the umbrella organization in the nation’s capital for German-American clubs and organizations across the country. 

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German-American Heritage Survey Project

In anticipation of this week’s state visit of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, I would like to ask you to participate in a project to deepen the transatlantic relationship with German-speaking countries through culture and heritage.

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Executive Director’s Message – March

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® looks forward to an exciting spring.

We highly anticipate the opening of the latest exhibit at the GAHM, on loan from the Historic Zoar Village, which opens Friday, March 24th. The Historic Zoar Village exhibit documents a group of German immigrants who established their own community in Ohio in 1817 on the principles of pacifism and communalism. The official opening reception will be on Thursday, March 30th.

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Happy Karneval!

The GAHF wishes you and your family a happy Karneval!

Karneval is a celebration in Germany that dates back centuries. Rooted in Catholic tradition, Karneval honors the final days of freedom before the solemn 40-day observance of Lent begins. Modern-day festivities begin on Weiberfastnacht and culminate on Ash Wednesday and consist of thousands of people flooding the streets in costume. Although its exact origins are unknown, the word Karneval is rumored to have developed from the Latin words “carne levare,” meaning “away with meat”. Popular in the Rhineland, this tradition is also celebrated in southern Germany as Fasching or Fastnacht. Unlike the Karneval parades that originated to mock Prussian pomp and circumstance, the Fasching parades of southern Germany stem from pagan traditions of chasing away winter.

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