Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Washington DC

On May 21, 2024, I was honored to represent the Berlin Airlift Remembrance Alliance at the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The event took place in the shadow of the imposing towers of the US Air Force Memorial in Washington DC. Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Washington DC The Ambassador of the…

Work, Live, Explore: Comparing Life in Germany and the UK

Moving overseas is a big decision. Thanks to Dan for this sponsored post on Comparing Life in Germany and the UK. Some interesting food for thought for anyone considering making the move to Europe to study or live, but can’t decide which direction to go. Finding a place in the world that suits your personality and lifestyle isn’t that easy,…

German Language Summer Camps and Programs

What do you do with the kids all summer? German Language Summer Camps and German Language summer programs are a great way to fill those empty Summer months. They come away with improved language skills … and they have fun doing it! These German Summer Camps are scattered across the country. Some are day camps, others are overnight. There is…

Francis Daniel Pastorius- The Pennsylvania Pilgrim

The name Francis Daniel Pastorius probably didn’t come up in your American History classes, and he’s probably no more than a footnote in most German history classes… but Pastorius plays a major role in early American history, in German-American immigration history, and even has a role in the Abolitionist Movement. So who was he? A polymath, lawyer,  writer, teacher, a…

A Visit to the Heurich House Museum in Washington DC

In the early 1940’s,  German-American Brewer, Christian Heurich, owned more land and employed more people in Washington DC than any entity other than the Federal Government. An amazing accomplishment for a man who came to the United States from the small village of Haina in the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen in 1866 with only $200 in his pocket. His mansion, now…

Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Recipe- Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst

When I was a child, baskets or plates of dried fruit would show up in our house at the beginning of the holidays. They still do. This Honey and Dried Fruit Cake Honigkuchen mit Trockenobst makes a great way to use them up. This is not your average Kaffeeklatsch cake. The recipe feels very old fashioned, since you load it…

A Headless Hessian in Sleepy Hollow

Cover Image- The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor (public domain)   In some form or another most of us heard the Washington Irving short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This terrifying tale is known as America’s first Ghost Story. If you haven’t read the tale of a headless horseman who pursues poor Ichabod Crane on a…

Top Oktoberfest Songs You WILL Hear at German Festivals

Music is almost as important to Oktoberfest as Beer. (I said ALMOST). So if you are headed to an Oktoberfest… or you are hosting your own Oktoberfest Party… you can be certain that music, singing and even dancing will be involved. But what sort of music will you hear? These are the TOP Oktoberfest Songs that you will most likely…

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Who are the Volga Germans? Holding their Tradition across 3 Countries

My introduction to the Volga Germans came through food. Specifically, Kuchen. One of my readers reached out to me looking for a recipe for Kuchen like her Volga German grandmother made. In my experience, Kuchen is cake… and there are LOTS of cake recipes. So now it was time to do some digging…starting with, who ARE the Volga Germans? (and…

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