The Society for German-American Studies will hold its 39th Annual Symposium in St. Louis, MO, 9-12 April 2015. The theme of the program is: “The Heartlands – America’s Most German Region,” but 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 Pear Tree Inn Union Station (2211 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103). Please make your reservations by Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to receive your group rate of $114 per room plus tax (including breakfast), for up to 4 occupants. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.  You can either CALL IN directly to (314) 241-3200 and give the group number 2212895 or BOOK ONLINE . The link will bring up the group number automatically.

Transportation from the Airport

There are a couple of options depending on your budget:

  • An airport shuttle (Go Best Express) is available at Lambert St. Louis Airport for less than $20 each way. You can make reservations either on the website or by calling (877) 544-4646. Usually reservations made online are cheaper.
  • A light-rail system (Metrolink) also runs from the airport to downtown. Their trip planner indicates a cost of $3 each way, but the station is about 1/2 mile from the hotel. From there you can take a cab or walk. Here is an additional trip overview.

Symposium Program

Draft Symposium Program (as of 15 February 2015)

Symposium Registration Form

Symposium Registration Form


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 William Petig (