The following table lists the locations of Society for German American Studies annual symposia since 1977. For recent years, the Symposium program is available.  Hover over the Symposium location in the table and click on the link

The table also includes the winners of Outstanding Achievement Awards. This award is presented at the annual symposium to an individual who has distinguished him- or herself in the field of German American Studies. Click here for more information on the award and nomination criteria.

YearLocationOutstanding Achievement Award
2024Austin, Texas Walter Kampfhoefner, Texas A&M University
2023Alexandria, VirginiaCora Lee Kluge, University of Wisconsin–Madison
2022University of Iowa, Iowa CityKaryl M. Rommelfanger, German teacher [ret.] Manitowoc (WI) School District
2021Virtual SymposiumWerner Sollors, Harvard University, Emeritus
2020Washington D.C. (Cancelled)
2019Madison, WI
Mark Louden, Max Kade Institute, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
2018Indiana Historical Society (Indianapolis, IN)Jerry Glenn, Univ. of Cincinnati
2017Philadelphia, PAWolfgang Helbich, Ruhr Universität-Bochum
2016San Antonio, TXWilliam D. Keel, Univ. of Kansas
2015St. Louis, MOKathleen Neils Conzen, Univ. of Chicago
2014Milwaukee, WIReinhard R. Doerries, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
2013The Historic New Orleans Collection (New Orleans, LA)Dolores and Giles Hoyt, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis
2012Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)Helmut J. Schmeller, Fort Hays State Univ.
2011Univ. of Delaware & Winterthur Estate and Museum (Newark/Wilmington, DE)Alexander Ritter, Universität Hamburg AND LaVern J. Rippley, St. Olaf College (Special Award)
2010New Harmony, INFrederick C. Luebke, Univ. of Nebraska
2009St. Olaf College (New Ulm, MN)Frank Trommler, Univ. of Pennsylvania
2008Univ. of Virginia & William and Mary College (Williamsburg, VA)Gerhard Weiss, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2007Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)Don Heinrich Tolzmann, University of Cincinnati
2006Kutztown Univ. (Lancaster, PA)Christoph E. Schweitzer, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2005Grand Valley State Univ. (Grand Rapids, MI)Leo Schelbert, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago AND William and Mary Seeger, Grand Valley State Univ. (Special Award)
2004St. Olaf College (New Ulm, MN)The City of New Ulm, Minnesota
2003Loyola College in Maryland (Baltimore, MD)Steven Rowan, Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
2002Scott Community College (Amana, IA)Guy Stern, Wayne State Univ.
2001Grand Valley State Univ. (Grand Rapids, MI)Lisa Kahn, Texas Southern Univ. AND Ilse Hoffmann, Steuben Society of America (Special Award)
2000BremerhavenAntonius Holtmann, Universität Oldenburg AND Dirk Schroeder, Bremen, Germany (Special Award)
1999St. Olaf College (New Ulm, MN)Bradford Miller and Gary Grassl, German Heritage Society of Greater Washington, DC
1998Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. (Indianapolis, IN)Robert E. Cazden, Univ. of Kentucky
1997Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)Helmut E. Huelsbergen, Univ. of Kansas
1996Univ. of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)Willi Paul Adams, Freie Universität Berlin
1995Louisville, Kentucky
1994aSpecial Symposium – Claussen Centennial (Davenport, IA)
1994Pennsylvania State Univ. (State College, PA)C. Richard Beam, Millersville State Univ.
1993Univ. of Texas (Austin, TX)Robert E. Ward, Youngstown State Univ.(Special Award)
1992Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)Hildegard Binder-Johnson, Macalester College
1991Georgetown Univ. (Washington, DC)Günther Moltmann, Universität Hamburg
1990Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. (Indianapolis, IN)John A. Hostetler, Temple Univ.
1989Northeastern Illinois Univ. (Chicago, IL)Paul Schach, Univ. of Nebraska
1988Millersville Univ. (Millersville, PA)Don Yoder, Univ. of Pennsylvania
1987Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)Lester W. J. “Smoky” Seifert, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1986Univ. of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)Adolf E. Schroeder, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia
1985Univ. of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)J. Anthony “Toni” Burzle,University of Kansas
1984Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) -
1983Univ. of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) -
1982Fort Hays State Univ. (Hays, KS) -
1981Institute for Texan Cultures (San Antonio, TX)Adolf E. Schroeder, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia AND LaVern J. Rippley, St. Olaf College
1980Univ. of Missouri, Columbia (Columbia, MO)Robert E. Ward, Youngstown State Univ. (Meritorious Achievement)
1979St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) -
1978Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH) -
1977Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, OH)
1976Univ. of Kansas at Lawrence -