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The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ opened in March, 2010 in a building once known as Hockemeyer Hall. Renovations were completed by the GAHF after acquiring the building in 2008. Located on 6th Street NW in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington, the Museum sits in what is now a thriving commercial neighborhood.

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March 20, 2018

Washington, DC

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.

We are committed to:

  • Sharing a positive image of Americans of German-speaking heritage by focusing on their historical contributions to American society.
  • Strengthening the ethnic awareness and diversity of German-Americans.
  • Promoting the German language and culture.
  • Cultivating German American friendship and bonds.
  • Supporting cooperative efforts among German-Americans and their organizations.


The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF) is dedicated to preserving, educating and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of German-speaking ancestry. Our mission is to be an effective voice for German-Americans in cultural and public policy matters in the United States.


The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, Inc. was established in 1977 and chartered the following year as the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc. as an independent, tax-exempt, educational, not-for profit organization.

What we do:

  • Increase
    public knowledge about the rich heritage of all Americans of German speaking descent
  • Educate
    the American public about the historical contributions of German-Americans to the growth and development of society in the United States
  • Develop
    a broader understanding and deeper knowledge about the Germany of today and its role in transatlantic relations and on the world stage
  • Promote
    the German language and culture
  • Support
    cooperative efforts among all German-Americans in the United States
  • Cultivate
    Geman-American friendship and cooperation

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