German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®

The USA has been shaped over the last 400 years by a combination of races, cultures and ethnicities. Americans of German-speaking ancestry are the largest of these groups, with 1 in every 6 Americans being of German descent or having German-speaking roots. The reasons for immigration varied from religious, to economic, to political, but the common denominator was wanting to start a better life in the USA.

The German-American Heritage Foundation and Museum aim to highlight the history of our ancestors as well as the impact they and the coming generations of German-Americans had in shaping the USA. Today Germany is America’s greatest ally and transatlantic relations are growing.

Our mission is to discover, preserve, promote, and educate about the impact of German-Americans as well as to highlight the political, cultural, and economic relations between our two countries.



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Jazz at GAHF


Calling all jazz lovers! On Thursday, September 22nd, German-born pianist, composer, and recording/performing artist Monika Herzig will make her...

Family Days at GAHMUSA


Introducing Family Days at the German-American Heritage Museum  GAHM is proud to announce a series of family days in conjunction with its...

Christmas Market

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Come enjoy a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt at GAHF To celebrate the holidays, in Germany you will find decorated stalls offer handicrafts and...

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Luther trip moves to 2017

“In the steps of Luther”,  the GAHF member trip has changed its date.   Delays in finishing the refurbishing of…


The 3rd Annual Heritage Month

GAHM Joins Nation-Wide Effort to Highlight Immigrant Impact on History and Future of America WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Germ

Embassy Adoption Program at GAHM

The Embassy Adoption Program brings local students to the GAHM! A city-wide initiative that pairs DC fifth- and sixth-graders with

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