Dr. Don Heinrich
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture. He has received many awards, including the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Service Cross from Germany, the Distinguished German-American of the Year Award from the German-American Foundation, and the SGAS Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for German-American Studies.
Recently retired, he served as Curator of the German-Americana Collection and Director of the German-American Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati. As President of the Society for German-American Studies he called for the celebration of the German-American Tricentennial in 1983, marking the establishment of the first German settlement in America at Germantown, Pennsylvania, and in 1987 led the national campaign to establish October 6th as national German-American Day, earning him the title of “Father of German-American Day.” In 1989, he organized the first German-American Heritage Month, and since that time has actively promoted the national celebration during the month of October. He also initiated plans for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Germans in America at Jamestown, Virginia in 2008.
He has served on the boards of many national and international organizations and institutions, including the Deutsches Auswandererhaus in Bremerhaven and the Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Currently he serves as president of the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati and as Curator of the German Heritage Museum there.
He edits a monographic book series New German-American Studies/Neue deutsch-amerikanische Studien, published by the Peter Lang Publishing Company and serves on the editorial board of the Yearbook of German-American Studies, as well as many other publications. Currently, he is Book Review Editor of German Life and a Columnist and Associate Publisher for Germerica.net.
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