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!

30th Gala – An elegant and successful night

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® hosted its 30th Annual Council of 1000 Award & Fundraising Gala to honor the philanthropist and entrepreneur Mr. Philip Anschutz as 2016’s Distinguished German-American of the Year™. Members of Washington’s German-American community as well as friends and family of Mr. Philip Anschutz gathered at the elegant Anderson House in Dupont Circle to celebrate this momentous affair. Distinguished guests included members of the diplomatic community, German-American organizations, prominent business representatives. The featured keynote speaker was John Mack, Senior Advisor and former CEO of Morgan Stanley.

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