German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum

German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA tells the story of all Americans of German-speaking ancestry and how they helped shape our great nation.

Entry to the museum ranges from $5/person to $10/person, depending on the current exhibit.

Operating as usual

Please note that the German-American Heritage Museum will be  closed for renovation starting Thursday, May 27. We hope t...
05/25/2021

Please note that the German-American Heritage Museum will be closed for renovation starting Thursday, May 27. We hope to re-open the second week of June.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Please note that the German-American Heritage Museum will be closed for renovation starting Thursday, May 27. We hope to re-open the second week of June.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Hello everyone please feel free to check out all our virtual content. Please subscribe and leave a comment!  https://lin...
05/14/2021
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Hello everyone please feel free to check out all our virtual content. Please subscribe and leave a comment! https://linktr.ee/Gahmusa

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Did you know all our virtual content is free? Make sure to check out all our social media outlets.  Here is the virtual ...
05/12/2021
Beethoven 250-- A Tribute Concert featuring The American Virtuosi.

Did you know all our virtual content is free? Make sure to check out all our social media outlets. Here is the virtual event we had for the 250th anniversary year of the musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven. GAHF, in collaboration with the German Embassy in Washington, DC and The American Virtuosi (http://www.theamericanvirtuosi.com/),... honor this giant of classical music whose work is so important that it features not once, but twice, on the Voyager Golden Record sent into outer space via NASA’s two Voyager probes demonstrating humanity’s greatest achievements.

https://linktr.ee/Gahmusa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fg7mmxqz_c

2020 is the 250th anniversary year of the musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven. GAHF, in collaboration with the German Embassy in Washington, DC and The Ameri...

Courtesy Post for Village Brauhaus in Alexandria, VirginiaAre you looking to join a growing team with incredible teammat...
05/11/2021

Courtesy Post for Village Brauhaus in Alexandria, Virginia
Are you looking to join a growing team with incredible teammates? If so, please consider the chef position here at Village Brauhaus. Coming into out 3rd Oktoberfest celebration this year, Village Brauhaus continues to thrive as we deliver great food and beer for the ultimate daily Oktoberfest celebration. This position is a management job with competitive salary and benefits. A menu is currently in place with a full recipe catalogue, however, we are looking for authentic and are definitely ready to join forces to continuously serve up the best Austrian and German fare. The position is full time and does consists of a five-day work week. Interested? Contact Bill at [email protected].

RIP to Helmut Jahn (1940-2021), a German-American architect born in the small Franconian town of Zirndorf near Nuremberg...
05/10/2021

RIP to Helmut Jahn (1940-2021), a German-American architect born in the small Franconian town of Zirndorf near Nuremberg, Germany who had been working and residing in Chicago for the last five decades. After attending the Technical University of Munich from 1960 to 1965, he emigrated to the US to pursue graduate studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Jahn left before he finished his degree. Nonetheless, his architectural designs took off, and he soon joined a prominent architectural firm, which he eventually took over as the sole owner in 1981: Murphy/Jahn. Jahn's designs include the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany, the One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia), and the Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

He died on May 8, 2021 in a tragic vehicle collision whilst riding his bicycle in Campton Hills, Illinois.

The GAHM wishes all mothers a very happy Mother's Day! While mums everywhere certainly deserve to be honored, the holida...
05/09/2021

The GAHM wishes all mothers a very happy Mother's Day! While mums everywhere certainly deserve to be honored, the holiday itself is a fairly modern one. In the US, it was first celebrated on May 12, 1907, because of an initiative by Anna Jarvis who organized a worship service. Mothers have been revered since ancient times though, with the Greeks celebrating Cybele, the mother deity Rhea, and the Romans organizing the festival of Hilaria. Today is also Mother's Day in Germany, but there the holiday, called Muttertag, was promoted by the Association of German Florists in 1922 as an ingenious PR act.

Regardless of the origins, it's a lovely tradition, and a bunch of flowers along with some chocolates or a nice cake will certainly be well received.

Join us for another virtual event about GAHF, a talk with board members on Tuesday, May 4 at 12:30 pm EST (18.30 MEZ). h...
05/03/2021

Join us for another virtual event about GAHF, a talk with board members on Tuesday, May 4 at 12:30 pm EST (18.30 MEZ).
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81621547976
Meeting-ID: 816 2154 7976
Once again, this is a collaboration with the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. It will be an informal discussion, and we hope to answer many of your questions about what GAHF does, why it was founded, and how an organization like ours is run.

This is a great opportunity to practice your German languages listening and speaking skills.

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of beer/wine, and join us tomorrow: https://www.dai-saarland.de/veranstaltungen/kalender/detailansicht/?uid=760

Join us for another virtual event about GAHF, a talk with board members on Tuesday, May 4 at 12:30 pm EST (18.30 MEZ).
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81621547976
Meeting-ID: 816 2154 7976
Once again, this is a collaboration with the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany. It will be an informal discussion, and we hope to answer many of your questions about what GAHF does, why it was founded, and how an organization like ours is run.

This is a great opportunity to practice your German languages listening and speaking skills.

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of beer/wine, and join us tomorrow: https://www.dai-saarland.de/veranstaltungen/kalender/detailansicht/?uid=760

05/01/2021

Maifest continues here at @villagebrauhaus. Make sure to visit us and grab a German beer mug. We're located next to the entrance! Dancing, polka music and German beer! #prostlikeapro #villagebrauhaus #maifest #germanamericanheritagemuseum #alexandriavirginia #polkamusic #prost #dmvgermans #germansinthedmv

05/01/2021

Live music, good food and German beer. What more can you ask for?

Maifest at Village Brauhaus will continue into tomorrow May 1. We have a booth located by the main entrance. Make sure to come by and check out our table! We can‘t wait to see you! 🍻🇩🇪❤️🇺🇸🍺
Please make sure to reserve a table online through the open table app! #maifest2021

Spring has sprung, and the 1st of May is just around the corner. Join us for some fun, great food, music, and dancing at...
04/25/2021

Spring has sprung, and the 1st of May is just around the corner. Join us for some fun, great food, music, and dancing at Village Brauhaus on Friday, April 30 from 6-9pm or Saturday, May 1 from 3-7pm at Village Brauhaus. Listen to polkas, waltzes, and other danceable tunes by Johnny Koenig, aka the Polka King, and learn about this amazing German tradition that welcomes the season.
Reserve your seat on OpenTable: https://www.opentable.com/r/village-brauhaus-alexandria

Spring has sprung, and the 1st of May is just around the corner. Join us for some fun, great food, music, and dancing at Village Brauhaus on Friday, April 30 from 6-9pm or Saturday, May 1 from 3-7pm at Village Brauhaus. Listen to polkas, waltzes, and other danceable tunes by Johnny Koenig, aka the Polka King, and learn about this amazing German tradition that welcomes the season.
Reserve your seat on OpenTable: https://www.opentable.com/r/village-brauhaus-alexandria

RIP to Charles "Chuck" Geschke (1939-2021), co-founder of Adobe Inc. and inventor of the PDF. Born into a family of Germ...
04/21/2021

RIP to Charles "Chuck" Geschke (1939-2021), co-founder of Adobe Inc. and inventor of the PDF. Born into a family of German descent in Cleveland, OH in 1939, he and John Warnock laid the foundation for Adobe Inc. in 1982, which was originally run out Warnock's garage. The name came from the Adobe Creek that was behind John Warnock's home. Geschke received a number of awards, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2008.
He is survived by his wife, their three children, and seven grandchildren.

Have you seen our Fritz Faiss Virtual Museum Tour? If not make sure to watch it on our YouTube Channel. https://www.yout...
04/16/2021

Have you seen our Fritz Faiss Virtual Museum Tour? If not make sure to watch it on our YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM6fxxTy7hc&t=3s

Make sure you subscribe to all our social media accounts tp enjoy other free virtual content.

•Youtube•
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•Instagram•
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•Twitter•
https://twitter.com/gahmusa

For other links follow the linktree in our Instagram bio!
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•  Sunrise, Bridge & Boats, The Girl With Sunflowers all available for in house purchase as well as online.  $2 per post...
04/16/2021

• Sunrise, Bridge & Boats, The Girl With Sunflowers all available for in house purchase as well as online. $2 per post cars of $3 for 2. •

These postcards are artwork from our past exhibit called: From the Black Forest to the California Desert the Life and Work of Fritz Faiss. •

For more information about this past exhibit, watch the full museum tour on our youtube channel. Search “ The German-American Heritage Museum”

Shipping and handling for orders fewer than five postcards is$1.75. Five to ten postcards is $2.50.
For orders larger than Ten postcards please email. [email protected].

Step into spring with some new merch. Interested in GAHM merchandise as well as other products. Make sure to check out o...
04/16/2021

Step into spring with some new merch. Interested in GAHM merchandise as well as other products. Make sure to check out our online gift shop. Link in bio or visit gahmusa.org.

Join us in the celebration of Maifest 🎉🌸🍻 at Village Brauhaus in Alexandria, Virginia  on April 30, 6pm-9pm, and May 1, ...
04/14/2021

Join us in the celebration of Maifest 🎉🌸🍻 at Village Brauhaus in Alexandria, Virginia on April 30, 6pm-9pm, and May 1, 3pm-7pm. With live German music from the Polka king Johnny Koenig 🎶 and delicious food and satisfying drinks. To make sure you don't miss out, visit https://www.opentable.com/r/village-brauhaus-alexandria or call 703-888-1951 to reserve your seat now.

Reservations are highly recommended as we expect this event to sell out!

We will be selling GAHM merchandise at this event so make sure to stop by our table and have a look. See you there!

Background history about Maifest:

Maifest, or May Day, is celebrated May 1st and celebrates the arrival of spring. This pagan-rooted celebration was the celebration of leaving the darkness or cold winter and entering the warm and bountiful spring. In Germany and Austria, people of the cities and villages will decorate and assemble a Maibaum, or maypole, and celebrate the leaving behind of the darkness as they dance around a large bonfire. The dancing around the maypole symbolizes spring and the awakening of the earth, and of course, as with every German celebration, there is food and drink. A popular drink is Maibock, a special, strong spring beer.
Maifest like many other traditions traveled to America with German immigrants, and we invite you to keep this wonderful German tradition alive.

#prostlikeapro #drinkmorebeer #maifest #livemusic #visitalx #alexandrialive
German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum Village Brauhaus

Join us in the celebration of Maifest 🎉🌸🍻 at Village Brauhaus in Alexandria, Virginia on April 30, 6pm-9pm, and May 1, 3pm-7pm. With live German music from the Polka king Johnny Koenig 🎶 and delicious food and satisfying drinks. To make sure you don't miss out, visit https://www.opentable.com/r/village-brauhaus-alexandria or call 703-888-1951 to reserve your seat now.

Reservations are highly recommended as we expect this event to sell out!

We will be selling GAHM merchandise at this event so make sure to stop by our table and have a look. See you there!

Background history about Maifest:

Maifest, or May Day, is celebrated May 1st and celebrates the arrival of spring. This pagan-rooted celebration was the celebration of leaving the darkness or cold winter and entering the warm and bountiful spring. In Germany and Austria, people of the cities and villages will decorate and assemble a Maibaum, or maypole, and celebrate the leaving behind of the darkness as they dance around a large bonfire. The dancing around the maypole symbolizes spring and the awakening of the earth, and of course, as with every German celebration, there is food and drink. A popular drink is Maibock, a special, strong spring beer.
Maifest like many other traditions traveled to America with German immigrants, and we invite you to keep this wonderful German tradition alive.

#prostlikeapro #drinkmorebeer #maifest #livemusic #visitalx #alexandrialive
German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum Village Brauhaus

Erinnerung für Dienstag, den 13.4.2021 um 12.30 UhrReminder: Life in America -- Live from AmericaA collaboration of DAI ...
04/12/2021

Erinnerung für Dienstag, den 13.4.2021 um 12.30 Uhr

Reminder: Life in America -- Live from America
A collaboration of DAI and GAHF

Join us tomorrow, April 13, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST via Zoom for a free presentation about GAHF by invitation of the Deutsch Amerikanisches Institut in Saarbrücken, Germany. The presentation is in German. It's the perfect opportunity to practise your listening comprehension. Q&A session will be in German & English -- based on popular demand. The event is part of DAI's series "Life in America -- Live from America".

To join, please click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86424724760
Meeting ID: 864 2472 4760

Erinnerung für Dienstag, den 13.4.2021 um 12.30 Uhr

Reminder: Life in America -- Live from America
A collaboration of DAI and GAHF

Join us tomorrow, April 13, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST via Zoom for a free presentation about GAHF by invitation of the Deutsch Amerikanisches Institut in Saarbrücken, Germany. The presentation is in German. It's the perfect opportunity to practise your listening comprehension. Q&A session will be in German & English -- based on popular demand. The event is part of DAI's series "Life in America -- Live from America".

To join, please click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86424724760
Meeting ID: 864 2472 4760

Please help us restore the German-American Heritage Museum exhibit hall to its former beauty!Our museum, which is locate...
04/09/2021
New Floor for our Museum, organized by Katja Sipple

Please help us restore the German-American Heritage Museum exhibit hall to its former beauty!

Our museum, which is located in what was once the heart of the German immigrant community of Washington, DC, is dedicated to telling the stories of these immigrants regardless of their location. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us greatly, and we had to shut down our museum for most of 2020, and almost all of 2021. This has very much reduced our income. As a private non-profit organization we heavily depend on donations and gifts-in-kind from valued supporters.

However, in typical German fashion, which does not believe in idle hands, we want to utilize this enforced isolation, and renovate our museum’s second-floor exhibit hall. After 11 years of use, the carpeting is in dire need of replacement due to the wear and tear from thousands of visitors’ feet. We have decided that a triple strand bamboo floor, or a comparable material, would be ideal to visually enhance the exhibit space while creating an eco-friendly, sustainable, and durable solution. Please help us in our endeavor to honor the memory of German-Americans.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-floor-for-our-museum?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

More than 40 million people in the United States have German roots! The German American Heritag… Katja Sipple needs your support for New Floor for our Museum

Are you interested in practising your German? Join our executive director, Katja Sipple, and the Deutsch Amerikanisches ...
04/07/2021

Are you interested in practising your German? Join our executive director, Katja Sipple, and the Deutsch Amerikanisches Institut in Saarbrücken for a virtual presentation about the history and mission of GAHF via Zoom on

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST (that's 6:30 PM in Germany).
Life in America - Live from America
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86424724760
Meeting ID: 864 2472 4760

The presentation will be in German, but you may ask questions in English during the Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

Frohe Ostern | Happy EasterThe board of directors and the staff of theGerman-American Heritage Foundation and Museum wis...
04/02/2021

Frohe Ostern | Happy Easter

The board of directors and the staff of the
German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum wish you a joyful Easter celebration.

Many of the Easter customs we celebrate in the United States today have their origins in Germany. German immigrants brought the children's game of rolling hard-boiled, painted eggs down grassy slopes to Pennsylvania from where it soon spread to other parts of the country. The Easter bunny, mostly known today in its chocolate incarnation, developed out of the Easter hare, or Osterhase, who, as German children have been told for ages, lays the brightly colored eggs that have become favorites for young and old alike. Many Germans also set up a small bouquet if inside, or a small tree if outside, called an Osterstrauss, and decorate it with hand-painted Easter eggs. You can find more information about Easter rituals in our book "How German Ingenuity Inspired America" .

Wir wünschen Ihnen und Ihren Familien ein frohes Osterfest!

Stay safe and healthy wherever you are!

Address

719 6th St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20001

The Museum is located across the street from the Verizon Center and can easily be accessed with Washington’s public transportation system. Red, Green, and Yellow line: Gallery Place-Chinatown

General information

Entry to the museum ranges from $5/person to $10/person, depending on the current exhibit. Please call before visiting to find out current rates. For more information, visit https://gahmusa.org/museum/ and click on "Exhibits." Donations are encouraged and always very much appreciated. To inquire about the cost of museum rentals please contact [email protected]

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(202) 467-5000

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Our History and Mission

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.

The Heritage Museum’s mission is to collect, record, preserve and exhibit the rich cultural legacy of Americans of German-speaking ancestry and make their contributions to American history available to audiences of all ages.


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German reunification 30 years: We remember Germans displaced from their homes in East Prussia, Pomerania, Silesia, the Sudetenland, Germans who helped them get a new start in West Germany, Germans who did the hard work of reconciliation, the bearing of the cross of the N**i legacy. We remember those who nursed the seeds of democracy and charted a new course for the barely alive German ship of state into the safer waters of international cooperation, especially this man:
Celebrating the 4th (an image from my collection)
My Father Dr Guenter B Finke arrived in the United States of America aboard the USS America in the fall of 1960 as a German Citizen and he later was honored to be naturalized a US Citizen as required for his technical work in the area of advanced electromagnetic sensors. My father taught me to love the ideals and principles of the United States of America and I am grateful to the love and support of Philadelphia German American Community in grieving his passing and embracing his legacy in engineering excellence and service. I now know what he meant when we discussed the concept of ZUSAMMENHALTEN.
Proud to have joined as a member
do you have any ww11 u-boat german binoculars on show ???????????????
Buy your German imported coffee and foodstuffs now, because new tariffs will soon boost prices.
An interesting German-American in the news.
An interesting vignette from the North Sea border area.
Last week we all witnessed the destruction a fire caused at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, and the below clip gives a general introduction to the magic that is Construction of a Cathedral, and it concludes with the details of the 'Fertigstellung' - Completion of the Cathedral in the Holy City of Cologne. The caveat: The clip is in German, and, thus, the perfect opportunity for the members of the group to brush up on their German Skills...You are welcome. LOL!
Hard to watch, Trump claiming his father was born in Germany (he was actually born in NYC).