The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 40th annual Symposium from 28–30 April 2016 at the Marriott Plaza in San Antonio, TX. The theme of the program is: “German Seed in Texas (and other) Soil: Weighing Location and Culture.” However, papers dealing with any aspect of German-American Studies are welcome. Please see the Call for Papers page.


Annual Meeting and Symposium

Symposium Lodging

Lodging for the Symposium is at the Marriott Plaza – San Antonio (555 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205). Please make your reservations by 5pm CST on Tuesday, 5 April 2016, to receive your group rate of $169 per room plus tax for up to 4 occupants. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.  You can BOOK ONLINE (the link will bring up the group code automatically) or visit and enter the group code “sgasgaa” in the group code box. Or CALL IN (800) 228-9290 and give the code SGAS and the property, Marriott Plaza – San Antonio or the group name, Society for German-American Studies.

Ground Transportation

For an overview of all transportation options from the airport to the hotel, visit the official city website. A member and San Antonio resident notes that the GO Airport Shuttle is an economical way to get from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, but recommends a cab, if you are in a hurry, because the shuttle stops at every single hotel near the Riverwalk. The number for San Antonio Yellow Cab is  210-222-2222.

If you are driving to the hotel and find the Marriott parking unreasonable, there is a $5 outdoor lot a short block and a half walk from the hotel on S. Presa St. across from St. John's Lutheran Church.

Symposium Registration Form

 2016 Registration Form

 Symposium Program

2016 Symposium Program


SGAS Outstanding Achievement Award

The Society for German-American Studies has established an award which is given each year to an individual who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of German-American Studies. Honorees are celebrated each year at the Annual Meeting and Symposium.

The membership of the Society for German-American Studies is invited to nominate individuals of merit. Nominations should be directed to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September of the year prior to the one for which the individual is nominated. The Nominations Committee will forward all nominations to the president for review at the fall meeting of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will select the awardee.

Achievement in the context of the award is broadly defined. The honoree may have published significant research in the field, may have served the Society and the field of German-American Studies in an outstanding fashion, or may otherwise have made an outstanding contribution to the field.

Awardees will be encouraged to attend the annual symposium to receive the award. All awardees will be awarded a Life Membership in the Society for German-American Studies. The Society will cover the housing and registration expenses of those who participate in the annual symposium.

Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award should be forwarded to the chair of the Nominations Committee no later than September 1 of a given year for consideration for the following year. All nominations should include a letter which specifies the reasons why the nominator feels the award is justified as well as a short précis of the nominee’s accomplishments.

The current chair of the Nominations Committee is Randy Donaldson (