Congress, by Public Law 100 – 104, designated October 6, 1987, the 304th anniversary of the arrival of the first German immigrants in Philadelphia, as “German-American Day” and authorized and requested President Reagan to issue a proclamation in observance of that day. “Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, October 6, 1987, as German-American Day. I urge all Americans to learn more about the contributions of German immigrants to the life and culture of the United States and to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Oro Valley Historical Society will observe the spirit of this proclamation by dedicating the month of October to German-American Heritage.
This month’s exhibit will feature prominent German-Americans who contributed to the development of Oro Valley and Tucson. The exhibit also features the history of German immigration to the United States, German culture and traditions. We also have a beautiful new addition to OVHS collections. “The Complete Domestic Bible” (published in German) by Hubbard Brothers Publishing in Philadelphia, PA in 1873 is on display. It was donated to the Society by Steve and Peggy Drennan. Many thanks to Steve and Peggy for their contribution of this important piece for our German heritage exhibit.
The exhibit is open EVERY Saturday from 9 to Noon at the Pusch House Museum at Historical Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Rd. Oro Valley).
Whether you’re German or not, there’s much to learn about local history with a German twist from this fun and fact-filled exhibit.
The exhibit is free but in order to continue exhibits and activities, OVHS appreciates your $5 donation.