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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.

In order to showcase the breadth and depth of German-American settlement in this country, the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF) is launching the German-American Heritage Survey to document and preserve historical and archaeological sites to tell the stories of German-speaking immigration to America. State by state, we will work with individual members, member clubs, and other partners to create heritage trails that will contextualize these sites to attract tourists from the U.S. and overseas to these destinations. GAHF would like to invite you to be part of this initiative. Please e-mail Michael Heinen at our DC-based museum at [email protected] to receive a German-American Heritage Survey nomination form.

You can help us in two more ways by calling Congress: First, the GAHF is also asking that each Senator and member of Congress to identify a staff member who can be our point of contact to nominate German-American sites of regional importance for inclusion in the German-American Heritage Survey.

Second, GAHF is encouraging each Senator and member of Congress to join the Congressional German-American Caucus. To join, ask the staff to contact Erin Wilson with Congressman Glenn Thompson or Kerry O’Brien with Congressman William R. Keating, the co-chairs of the Congressional German-American Caucus. Your can reach your Representative and two Senators by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Please email your results to Michael Heinen at the address above.

As a supporter of GAHF, I know you appreciate the timely importance of continuing to build strong transatlantic relationships through culture and heritage.

Thank you for your good work!


J. Marc Wheat