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The Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland welcomes new members who wish to share in the continuing support of research and publications and thus to aid in the preservation of a valuable heritage by making significant German-American material available to American historiography. Memberships are for the calendar year and rebilled in December. New memberships late in the year are credited to the coming year.
Once a year the members of the Society gather for a festive dinner and the annual meeting. At this meeting the various activities of the Society are reported, and an outstanding historian gives a lecture on an aspect of the history of German-speaking immigrants. Over the years these lecturers have illuminated numerous facets of German-American life in the United States, including German-American institutions, religion, home life, folklore, and humor. Lectures delivered at the annual meeting appear in the next Report published.
In 1886, when German cultural life was still flourishing in the city, a group of Baltimoreans of German birth or descent assembled to found the Society. The goal of the founders was to gather and publish historical material pertaining to the history of German immigration and German settlements in the Free State. The Society published its first Report in 1887. Since that time, the Report has continued to appear at varying intervals, since 1969 with the subtitle, Journal of German-American History.