October 6th is German American Day in the United States. Celebrate German culture and contributions to America and help kickoff our Annual Appeal!
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German immigration to and culture in the United States.
October 2, 1987
By the President of the United States of America –
"The United States has embraced a vast array of German traditions, institutions, and influences. Many of these have become so accepted as parts of our way of life that their ethnic origin has been obscured. For instance, Christmas trees and Broadway musicals are familiar features of American society. Our kindergartens, graduate schools, the social security system, and labor unions are all based on models derived from Germany."
Celebrate German-American Day by contributing to the GAHC&M with your support financially, volunteering your time, or attending our special events and exhibitions.
Support the German American Heritage Center with a contribution during our German American Day Annual Appeal kick off! Link in bio.
Check out our upcoming events like German Fest on October 14th, Oktoberfest QC on October 22nd, as well as our various lectures and workshops.
The Archives Fair is this Saturday, October 8th! Check out many cultural and research organizations around the QC all in one place — the LeClaire House.
Antoine LeClaire was instrumental in QC history and is known for being one of the founders of the city of Davenport. He helped bring in the first railroad across the Mississippi River, donated park land that is still enjoyed today and helped establish churches and businesses. Come learn about LeClaire, his family, and their home with presentations by Karen Anderson at 1:30 pm and again at 3:00 pm.
Earlier today we hosted our youth poetry slam and opened our newest exhibition, "The White Rose: Student Resistance against Hitler, Munich 1942/43."
Young adults from ages 13-20 were invited to submit original works of poetry for a chance to be selected and perform their writing. All of our poets did a great job and we are proud of them for sharing their ideas and personal struggles through their medium.
The story of the White Rose resistance group is impactful to both students and adults. Over the years, protest and resistance have come to have various meanings and are relevant in different time periods. Standing up to brutal authority also is relevant today with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other world events. This is a timeless story that can impact us over and over again.
The exhibition will be on display until February 12th, 2023.
This exhibition was made possible by @humanitiesiowa, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, Zimmerman Honda, and Out of Darkness: Holocaust Messages for Today…
Mark your calendars! German Fest will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Kaiserslautern Square (K-Square), 119 E. 3rd St. The event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Center & Museum (GAHC) and Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP).
The free event will feature a variety of traditional Octoberfest activities including music, food and beer. Performing at the event will be the @dirndolls.polka.band, a 7-piece Alpine folk band from Chicago made up of people of marginalized genders.…