Project News Items

  • Explore the Long History of American Dreams—or Nightmares
    October 31, 2023

    A new special exhibition on 200 objects, 40 people, and 300 years of German migration to the United States by Das Haus der Geschichte Baden Württemberg

  • New Article on “Migrant Connections”
    October 11, 2022

    Our Migrant Connections research blog features a new article on German and German-American engineers.

  • "Migrant Connections" launched!
    March 23, 2022

    "Launch of New Digital Research Infrastructure: Migrant Connections"

    The new research infrastructure "Migrant Connections" was launched with an online symposium featuring scholars of migration, archivists, and citizen scholars.

  • COESO Blog Post on "Expanding Migrant Knowledge"
    October 06, 2021

    Project staff Daniel Burckhardt and Jana Keck describe our new project "Writing Across Borders," a component of the COESO project to develop and sustain citizen science research in the social sciences and humanities.

  • Coming Soon: Migrant Connections
    September 13, 2021

  • News: Citizen Scholars Going Above and Beyond
    July 14, 2021

    Sometimes, the citizen scholars who work on our collections conduct their own research to shed further light on the people and places mentioned in the letters they are studying. Two members of our transcription group from Saarland, Eva Tietjen and Regina Kunz, embarked on this path to learn more about the family networks of immigrants Charlotte Fischer von Höfeln and Eugen Klee. We asked them to discuss their motivations as well as the results of their research.

  • Interview with Saarland Citizen Scholars
    June 21, 2021

  • Our Genealogy Book Contest Returns!
    June 01, 2021

    We are excited to share the news that our genealogy book contest is back! Thanks to sponsorship from Wunderbar Together we are once again offering people who contribute their letter collections to German Heritage in Letters a chance to win a package of books for researching German-American genealogy.

  • National Genealogical Society Award for “German Heritage in Letters”
    May 18, 2021

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    The German Historical Institute was honored to receive one of three “SLAM! Idea Showcase” prizes awarded by the National Genealogical Society to projects which are innovative models for family history research.

  • Interview with Historian and Transcriber Uta Dorothea Sauer
    February 19, 2021

    Project intern Timothy Neckermann interviewed historian Uta Dorothea Sauer to learn more about her background and what she has found fascinating about working on the Crede collection.

  • Interview with Family Historian Jay Silverberg
    December 16, 2020

    We interviewed Jay Silverberg to learn more about how his family's historic letters, his research into the stories they revealed, and his advice for other families who have inherited immigrant letters.

  • Meet Transcription Coordinator Stefan Israel
    November 10, 2020

    We asked transcription coordinator Stefan Israel to share more about how he became interested in German handwriting and what he finds most rewarding about his career.

  • News: German Immigrant Letters Contest!
    October 15, 2020

  • News: A Virtual Family Reunion
    September 16, 2020

    The German Heritage in Letters project is bringing together in digital form two collections relating to the Klee family of Otterberg covering the 1890s through the 1920s.

  • October 15 Talk: “From Family Research to Digital History”
    September 01, 2020

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    Project manager Atiba Pertilla will be sharing German Heritage in Letters in “From Family Research to Digital History,” an online Zoom presentation sponsored by the German Society of Pennsylvania on October 15, 2020.

  • Transcription Challenge: Who Was Friedrich Wilhelm Hess?
    August 11, 2020

    In this challenge, we invite volunteer researchers to help us transcribe letters sent to doctor and author Friedrich Wilhelm Hess by his family.

  • New Exhibit: “Invitation to Indiana”
    July 29, 2020

    Our new digital exhibit, “Invitation to Indiana: John Weinhardt's Story” begins in 1923, when a fifteen-year-old from the town of Schwabach, in Bavaria, sent a letter to the United States hoping to make contact with the descendants of a distant relative who had immigrated in the 19th century.

  • Wunderbar Together USA 2020
    July 15, 2020

    We are incredibly pleased and honored to share that German Heritage in Letters has been chosen as one of the projects to receive support from Wunderbar Together USA 2020!

  • New Feature: Transcription Challenges
    July 07, 2020

  • News: Interview with Transcriber “Dilla”
    June 16, 2020

    We asked one of our most active volunteer transcribers, Sonja Thiele, who goes by the user name “Dilla,” to tell us more about what drew her to German Heritage in Letters, and what she imagines visitors and researchers will learn from the materials she is helping us share.