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    • Urban Odyssey: A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C.; edited by Francine Curro Cary. 1996.
      DCPL, HSW, LC Chapter 7: Dingle, Mona E. "Gemeinschaft and Gemuetlichkeit: German American community and culture, 1850-1920." P. 113-134.

    • Hines, Christian. Early recollections of Washington City. DCPL, HSW, LC

    • History of Saint Mary's the Mother of God Church, Washington, D.C., 1845-1945. DCPL, HSW

    • Langley, Harold D. St. Stephen Martyr Church and the Community, 1867-1967. DCPL, HSW, LC

    • MacGregor, Morris. A Parish for the Federal City: St. Patrick's in Washington, 1794-1994. 1994. DCPL, HSW, LC

    • Pierce, Frank H. The Washington Saengerbund: a history of German song and German culture in the Nationís Capital. DCPL, HSW, LC

    • Smith, Kathryn Schneider. Port Town to Urban Neighborhood: The Georgetown Waterfront of Washington, D.C., 1880-1920. 1989. DCPL, HSW, LC

    • Warden, David Bailie. A Chorographical and Statistical Description of the District of Columbia. DCPL, HSW, LC

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    • Centenary jubilee of Concordia Lutheran Evangelical Church.1933. DCPL Cutter DCPL, HSW

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    • Ethnic Groups--German
    • Churches (and religious organizations), Catholic--St. Maryís
    • Societies, Clubs, Organizations--Foreign--German [Washington Journal (Washington, D.C.)] Neighborhoods having had German population See German Neighborhoods German Neighborhoods in Old Washington at <http://www.rootsweb.com/~dcgenweb/germans.html> for more information


  • A virtual tour has been created by the Goethe-Institut: http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/vtour/dc1/index.htm http://www.goethe.de/uk/was/vtour/dc1/index.htm
    and guided tours are sponsored by them.
    Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Washington is located at 814 Seventh Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001-3718
    Telephone: 202-289-1200, Fax: 202-289-3535
    Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes e.V. is the Federal Republic of Germany's most important operational partner for the development and implementation of foreign cultural policy. The result of the merger in January 2001 of the Goethe-Institut (founded in 1951) and Inter Nationes (founded in 1952), the new body is the organization for the teaching and dissemination of German language and culture worldwide.

  • The German-American Heritage Society of Greater Washington, D.C.
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Thebes/8171/index.html has assembled
    A German-American Tour of Washington, D.C. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Thebes/8171/GERWASH.htm

  • The Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, D.C. (AGAS) http://www.geocities.com/agas_dc/

    German Orphan Asylum

    The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has the very rich collection of records of the German Orphan Asylum. Call (202) 785-2068 x111 to gain access to them.
    1900 census of the Asylum from a genealogy site on the internet.
    Trish Swallows Carden's genealogical site with a transcribed teacher's journal from the Asylum.


    The weekly German-language Washington Journal is the District of Columbia's oldest newspaper, dating back (through several title changes and mergers) to 1865. (There is no website for the Washington Journal.)

    Matthew Gilmore, October 2001


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