The National Council receives its support from various local units, the New York state council, and members-at-large. Council meetings are open to delegates and alternates from each unit. Officers are elected from among those delegates at the Annual Meeting of the Council, although the council may affirm its platform and program through annual or biennial conventions.Read more
The society organizes the German-American Day Essay Contest, funds national awards at the U.S. Service Academies, sponsors the Steuben Day German-American Parades in New York and Philadelphia, and develops sites like the German-American Friendship Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Steuben Monument at the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.Read more
The original German-American organization, the Steuben Society, works with the German-American National Congress and United German American Committee of the U.S.A. through the German-American Joint Action Committee (GAJAC), a collaboration for planning the execution for educational and cultural aspects of “German-American Day” in Washington, D.C.Read more
Who was Major General Von Steuben?
During the time of the Revolutionary War, he volunteered to train the citizen-soldiers of George Washington’s Continental Army. Arriving at Valley Forge in February 1778, he began drilling Washington’s near-starved and often-defeated troops using a simplified manual of arms. By the spring of 1778, having shared the camp’s hardships, he had converted the previously undisciplined Americans into a highly skilled fighting force, able to hold their own against the British Regulars. For these reasons and many others, he was chosen as the patron of this German-American society over 96 years ago.