German American Heritage Center Endowment


In 1868 the building that now houses the German American Heritage Center was a “Gasthaus” (guest house) where German immigrants could stay until they found a place to reside in the area. In 1876, it became Miller Hotel, and remained that way until 1889. It later passed through the hands of several owners who operated it under different names such as the Arcade Hotel (1906), the Henry Blessing Boarding House (1917), and the Standard Hotel (1924). The building then remained dormant on the National Registry of Historic Places from 1983 until the German American Heritage Center Board of Directors purchased the building in 1995. The German American Heritage Center had been founded as an organization in August of 1994. During the Maifest (May Fest) on May 27, 2000, the first floor exhibition including a video space, program room, office and gift shop were opened to the public.

The goals of the Center include creating a library, archives and research center, sponsor educational workshops and classes relating to the German American experience, coordinate festivals to foster the understanding of German heritage, promote research tours throughout the U.S. and allow cultural exchange through language classes and cultural presentations to the public.

The center acts as a meeting place for community or cultural gatherings. When the renovation is complete, there will be room for offices for historical and cultural organizations currently spread throughout the area. The Heritage Center seeks to extend their outreach to genealogists, teachers, students, museums, schools and youth groups. For more information about the German American Heritage Center, visit

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