Last weekend kicked off German American Heritage Month and there are a number of events to celebrate with authentic food, music, and cultural activities throughout Maryland.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German immigration to the United States. This holiday commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families landed in Philadelphia and subsequently, founded Germantown, PA.

McDaniel College will continue its tradition of hosting a German-American Day celebration for high school groups with the theme of Made in Germany. This year’s event, on October 18, 2016, marks 21 years of great programs highlighting the relevance of the German language and culture.

Since the early 1700’s, there has been a strong German presence in Maryland and there are a variety of organizations that preserve and recognize that heritage.