is a dual status non-profit organization which was formed in 1963
and incorporated in 1968. The purpose of the association is to
promote recognition and preservation of Germanic cultural heritage
in America. It achieves its objectives through the preservation and
promotion of German music, folk dance and traditions, the
documenting of the importance of Germanic heritage in America,
participation in cultural exchange and educational programs designed
to enhance recognition and appreciation of Germanic heritage, and
promotion of scholarship activities in the areas of German history
specifically designated for the
educational fund are tax-deductible as the fund has a 501.C.3 status
separate from other AGAS activities which bear an IRS 501.C.4
In 1998 AGAS expanded membership to allow
greater participation by those in the German-American community. Since 1963
AGAS membership had been limited to club membership only. This had prevented
interested people who did not belong to an AGAS member club from
participating in AGAS activities.
During each of the association's festivals
and activities many people inquire how they may join or otherwise be a part
of the association. The categories of membership now include the following:
Links Above To Print An Application)
By expanding membership AGAS hopes to meet
the community's need to join an organization that supports the
German-American Community. For more information, contact
Mike Surratt, Membership Committee Chair, at 301-577-6488.
Through their association in AGAS, member
clubs can share ideas and experiences, coordinate their activities, and
enjoy the support and fellowship of others in this area who are interested
in promulgating the German language and Germanic customs.
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2014 BOARD MEETING DATES:
February 11 (Elections), April 8, June
10, September 9, and November 11
It's Official! OCTOBER IS GERMAN AMERICAN
HERITAGE MONTH IN MARYLAND!
O'Malley signs the German American Month Bill.