Monday, October 6, 2014

GERMAN: German-American month - Sept 15 - Oct 15

GERMAN: German-American month - Sept 15 - Oct 15

German American Heritage Month

September 15-October 15

German Settlers Help to Form American Traditions

President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed October 6, 
1983 as German American Heritage Day, and it was 
officially commemorated four years later in 1987. This 
day honors the 300th anniversary of the arrival of 13 
German families who established the first German 
settlement on American soil. This community on the 
northern outskirts of Philadelphia later came to be 
known as Germantown.
President Reagan's 1987 proclamation read: "The United 
States has embraced a vast array of German traditions, 
institutions, and influences... 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. German teachers, 
musicians, and enthusiastic amateurs have left an 
indelible imprint on classical music, hymns, choral 
singing, and marching bands in our country. In 
architecture and design, German contributions include 
the modern suspension bridge, Bauhaus, and Jugendstil. 
German-American scientists have helped make the 
United States the world's pioneer in research and 
Some notable Americans of German descent include: 
Dwight Eisenhower, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, 
Hannah Arendt, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Fred 
Astaire and Lou Gehrig.

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