In 1983, to honor the 300th anniversary of German-American immigration and culture into the United States, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day.
It was on August 6, 1987, that Congress approved S.I. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day, and it became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. Proclamation #5719 was issued on October 2, 1987—at this time the President called on Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. It has been commemorated each year since with Presidential Proclamations.
This German-American heritage holiday commemorates the 13 German Mennonite families from Krefeld who landed in Philadelphia. These families founded Germantown, Pennsylvania on October 6, 1683. The settlement was the first German establishment in the original thirteen American colonies.
Don’t forget, it is the Germans who created OktoberFest, which has become a great American Tradition …. many DeKalb County Pubs serve select OktoberFest Beers for the month of October. In Sycamore, check out PJ’s Courthouse Tavern and in DeKalb check out Ellwood Steak and Fish House.
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I love bratwurst, but I will pass on the beer. Have one for me .!
Cindy Hull … DeKalb area will be hosting a PorktoberBBQ Festival in September 2019 ….
Thank you for the personal emails, but we do not know the name of the lady that can carry six steins of Beer.
Andy Vikre The Miller Lite represents the “American” part of German-American 🙂
Congratulations … DeKalb County Online reader Jack Holloway won two (2) free tickets to “Hamilton … the American Musical”. Mr. Holloway text us asking why a good German Girl would be carrying steins with American Miller Beer name on the steins.