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For those of our Leserschaft (readership) who live in the D.C area, are hardcore road-trip-museum-going junkies, and/or have the time to stop at our nation’s capital, you might want to check out the city’s newest addition, the German-Heritage Museum of the USA.
Through Ausstellungun (exhibits) and Veranstaltungen (events), the museum’s main focus is to bring Aufmerksamkeit (attention) to German Einwanderung (immigration) and migration across the United States. During the opening ceremony, German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth was the guest of honor and was accompanied by Senator Richard Lugar (Republican-Indiana) and Bern Deichmann, President of the German-American Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Museum is located in Hockmeyer Hall, the former historic townhouse home of a German immigrant. The museum will serve both as a local community center and as a home for German-American Associations and individuals across the country.
One of the initiatives of the museum is a mündlich (oral) history project, in which German-Americans will be able to record their own personal stories. Rüdiger Lentz, executive director of the museum said, “here are so many stories of individuals and families who came to this country to start a new life that we would like to tell.”
The museum will host a number of temporary and permanent exhibits, including German Pioneers in Alaska and a historical timeline, spread across the main exhibit wall of the museum documenting German immigration to the US from 1600 to the present.
There are many other German-American Anstalten (institutions) across the nation. The most famous of them is the Goethe-Institute, which is located in Boston, New York city, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. There is also a German-American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Information for the blog was gathered from: The German Mission in the United States.