Happy Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is a tradition 200 years in the making. Its origins go back to the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810. A momentous affair, the royal family invited the citizens of Munich to attend the wedding. To celebrate the marriage, singing, dancing, and horse races accompanied the momentous affair along with the construction of a tent in the King’s honor. In the years to follow, the citizens of Munich returned to Theresienweise each fall to celebrate the occasion in what soon became an annual tradition.

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Lawyers without Rights Exhibit opens at GAHMUSA

The much expected exhibit of “Lawyers without Rights” opens at the German American Heritage Foundation of the USA™ (GAHMUSA).  In  collaboration with the German Federal Bar and the American Bar Association we will be hosting the exhibit until October 22.  The exhibit will be complemented with film evenings and very relevant presentations.

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#GAHF40Years Social Media Campaign

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® announces its 40th anniversary summer social media campaign – #GAHF40Years.

This summer we celebrate the GAHF 40-year anniversary with the launch of – #GAHF40Years. Look out for our photo contest for the chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to New York City and some exciting 40-year memorabilia!

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German-American General von Steuben – Hero of the Revolutionary War

Cookouts, fireworks, and good company often come to mind when one thinks about Independence Day. From a young age, every American has heard the stories of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the trials it took to become a sovereign state. However, we tend to overlook the German-Americans who had a large influence on the freedom the United States enjoys today.  On July 5, 1776, the German-American newspaper, Der Wöchentliche Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote, was the first paper — in any language — to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence the day before.  The newspaper also published a German translation of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776.

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