GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY DINNER
Normandie Farm Restaurant
We hope you will attend this annual event and RSCC Fundraiser!
German-American General von Steuben – Hero of the
Copyright German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® 2016
Regarding the upcoming German-American Day in
We tend to overlook the German-Americans who had a large influence on the freedom the United States enjoys today. On July 5, 1776, the German-American newspaper, Der Wöchentliche Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote, was the first paper - in any language - to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence the day before. The newspaper also published a German translation of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776.
Germans started immigrating to the British Colonies as soon as Jamestown was founded. By the start of the American Revolution, about 10% of American colonists spoke German. Most of the Germans who assisted the rebelling American Patriots were colonists fighting for the same reason as their fellow British colonists. However, many Germans also supported the Loyalist cause and served as allies of Great Britain, whose King George III was also the Elector of Hannover.
German-speaking patriots were sprinkled across each of the thirteen colonies. One of the most famous patriots was Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who left his German roots to assist the American rebellion. Von Steuben was born in a Magdeburg fortress in 1730 and by the age of 17 had already served in the military as a Prussian officer. He was a member of an infantry unit as well as a staff officer in the Seven Years War. He served in Russia periodically as a member of the General Staff. This position gave von Steuben the knowledge and experience that would treat him well in his future as an American militant.
Von Steuben was discharged at the age of 33 due to speculations and found himself in financial predicaments. After looking for employment in several foreign armies across Europe, von Steuben met Benjamin Franklin in Paris in hopes of joining the Continental Army in America.
In September of 1777, von Steuben landed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and a few months later, was reporting to General Washington at Valley Forge. He did not speak English but was able to communicate with some of the officers in French. With the help of Alexander Hamilton, von Steuben drafted a program and trained 100 chosen men. Von Steuben’s prior knowledge and experience allowed him to successfully train Patriots to win the American Revolution.
After his apparent success, von
Steuben was appointed Inspector General at the
request of General Washington. He assisted
and commanded troops through the end of the
Revolutionary War and was discharged from the
military with honor on March 24, 1784. Von
Steuben established residency and remained in
New York where he died a prominent figure in
at Schifferstadt, October
15-16, 2016 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ [Here is the
announcement of the Goethe Society's
Oktoberfest from our former
RSCC President. "It will be in English
and is usually very interesting and
Greetings to you all!"
Sarasota, FL]: "This year's Klassisches
Oktoberfest will take
place Saturday, 29
October 2016, from 10:30 am-4 pm
at the Goethe-Institut (1900 K
St NW, Suite 03). This year,
at Schifferstadt, October
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[Here is the announcement of the Goethe Society's Klassisches Oktoberfest from our former RSCC President. "It will be in English and is usually very interesting and educational. Greetings to you all!" Rotraut Bockstahler, Sarasota, FL]:
"This year's Klassisches Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, 29 October 2016, from 10:30 am-4 pm at the Goethe-Institut (1900 K St NW, Suite 03). This year, inhonor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we'll be celebrating the Bard's continuing influence on German literature and culture. The day's events will kick off with coffee at 10:30 am. At 11 am, Drew Lichtenberg, Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg of the Shakespeare Theatre, will give a talk on "Shakespeare and the German Romantics: A Mutual Legacy." His talk will explore how the rediscovery of Shakespeare by Goethe and his contemporaries helped transform German literature and redefine what it means to be German. Following the talk, there will be a traditional Oktoberfest lunch with beer and bratwurst, followed by a screening of German director Max Reinhardt's sparkling (and star-studded) 1935's Hollywood version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
For further details about the talk and our speaker, please visit the Goethe Institut's website at: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20831399
The cost is $30 for members and guests, $35 for non-members (includes lecture, lunch, and film). To RSVP, Checks payable to AGS should be sent to Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, AGS Treasurer, 7324 Kindler Road, Columbia, MD 21046 with your registration.... I hope that you will join us for this fantastic event!"
(More on) Board and Card Gaming in Rockville...
Fridays are for board and card gaming in Rockville. The Rockville Go & Chess Group meets every week from 7 to 11pm in the Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Drive, Rockville, MD and is hosted by RSCC member John Goon. The group actually plays a large variety of games, old and new. In addition to the traditional games like Go and Chess, many of the newest generation designer games are represented. These include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Splendor, Power Grid, Caverna, SeeLand, Star Realms, Jaipur, Seven Wonders, Hanabi, Dominion, and Race for the Galaxy. Card games like Bridge have a robust following of beginner/intermediates. Many of the games are stored on-site.
The group sponsors community service activities throughout the year. These include volunteer visits to the Children's Inn at NIH and the Bethany House Apartments to support monthly game nights there. These projects started over 7 years ago and are going strong.
Other group outreach activities involve hosting game days at county libraries. The 2016 schedule follows:
Saturday, 10/29. Twinbrook Library, 1-4 PM.
Saturday, 12/03. Twinbrook Library, 1-4 PM.
The Rockville Go & Chess Group has been a part of the Rockville community since 2001. The average weekly attendance is 25. Anyone interested in participating and/or volunteering can contact: John Goon at email@example.com .
60th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING
A finalized schedule, coordinated with the Cities of Rockville and Pinneberg, is in the works.Here are the dates:
Delegation visits Pinneberg, Germany - May 31, 2017 to
June 6, 2017
Custom tour of Germany with focus on German ingenuity - June 3-12, 2017, including optional stop in Pinneberg for the 60th Anniversary celebration. If you would like to join the festivities in Pinneberg, but then see more of Germany, a special customized tour is being planned; join anniversary celebrations with our hosts in Pinneberg and then continue on the tour, which starts the evening of June 3 and concludes on June 12. Visit Bremerhaven, Lüneburg, Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Weimar/Eisenach/Wartburg, Nuremberg, and Munich! Email us for details at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com
Pinneberg Delegation visits Rockville, Maryland - October 5, 2017 to October 8, 2017
We hope that you will consider being a host for our Pinneberg friends when they come to Rockville.
Let's make this coming Anniversary (one of the longest partnerships in Sister City history) something special!
Do you have suggestions, or can you help plan for the upcoming anniversary? If so, PLEASE CONTACT US atRockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com