The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 41st Annual symposium in Philadelphia, PA, 20 – 22 April 2017. The theme of the program is: “The Protestant Reformation at 500: Its Legacy from Pennsylvania across German America.” 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

The 2017 SGAS Symposium hotel is the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Our conference rate is $144.00 (plus $23.18 tax) per night for up to 4 people. The toll-free telephone number for booking is 1-877-999-3223. Use the group rate code 20046843GS.

Ground Transportation

Please check back for information on ground transportation.

Symposium Registration Form

Click here to download the Symposium Registration Form.

 Symposium Program

Click here to download the 2017 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 (