DANK - Pittsburgh Chapter
The German American National Congress (DANK) was founded in Pittsburgh in 1981 as the 58th Chapter of DANK
to bring together Germans and Americans of German ancestry in Western Pennsylvania. We aim to preserve and enjoy our German heritage,
language and culture. We are not a political organization, however we endeavor to represent German - American interests.
DANK at the
national level was founded in 1959 and maintains close relationships with our governmental and civic bodies, including the White House,
federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as the German Embassy in Washington, consulates and other German organizations with
cultural, education and commercial agendas.
In 1987 DANK was instrumental in the adoption of the Congressional resolutions declaring
October 6th German American Day, which has been observed since then on a national level.
Together DANK with the Steuben Society of
America and the United German American Committee of the U.S.A., the German American Joint Action Committee (GAJAC) was formed to promote
this historic event. Leaders of the German American National Congress have been frequently invited to the White House by US presidents,
as well as to functions by high ranking German government officials. On the local level we are one of the founding members of
the Alliance of Germanic Societies of Pittsburgh.
The local chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Mitteilungsblatt, informing
our members of activities, events and issues of interest. Plus, our National office of the German American National Congress publishes
a bi-monthly bilingual newspaper, the German American Journal, with news and activity reports for its members and friends. It is the
voice of the organization and has a national distribution.
Objectives & Activities
- Foster friendship between the United
States and Germany
- Promote a positive image of Germans among Americans.
- Establish exchange programs and cross-cultural activities
among young Germans and Americans.
- Conduct language schools for adults.
- Encourage and support German language and culture
studies in public schools, colleges and universities.
- Facilitate genealogy research of German ancestry.
- Provide Social functions
to our members and the community at large showcasing our Germanic culture
- Participate in local ethnic/cultural events representing
the German-American community.
Any member in good standing, and who has interest in promoting the activities of the organization
and Chapter can serve on the Board. Qualifications include having paid your dues and being current in your membership.
Officers of the organization must be an active member of the local chapter for a minimum of one year unless the Board waves that requirement
due to the credentials of the individual.
DANK - Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress
America's only national organization celebrating Germanic heritage and culture, DANK
was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. The intent of the founders and current mission of the organization is to
preserve and celebrate the Germanic heritage and culture. Over the last 50 years, DANK has grown into the largest organization
of Americans of German ancestry, with over 30 Chapters and 100 associated member societies. It is a non-political organization which
endeavors to represent German-American interests on local, regional and national levels.
Diane Smith, John Smith, Colletta Stickel, Jim Schmitt, Patty Schmitt
P. O. Box 24563
Pittsburgh, PA 15234