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First Encounters: Menschen begegnen sich

The American Association of Teachers of German invites you to investigate the continuing history of migration and its effects in shaping the German-American transatlantic friendship. From the beginnings of European immigration to North America, Germans have contributed to political, cultural, and social aspects of the US.

Those First Encounters took different forms depending on when and where German settlers arrived. Through a number of case studies, you are encouraged to explore these questions.

  • What did the first encounters between German immigrants and local populations look like?
  • How did Germans adjust to their new environment?
  • How did Germans contribute to existing communities?
The First Encounters: Menschen begegnen sich exhibit does not provide answers to the complex and at times problematic aspects of German immigration to the US. Instead, you are invited to investigate further the encounters between the new German arrivals and local populations.

The project First Encounters: Menschen begegnen sich is a part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiative in 2018/19, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), highlighting the decades long relationship grounded in common values, interests, and goals.

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