The German Heritage Museum focuses on German immigration, settlement, and influences in the Ohio River Valley, especially the Greater Cincinnati area. Additionally, the museum provides information on the societies affiliated with the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati (GACL), which established the museum in 2000. The GACL was founded in 1895 in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati’s historic German district.

The building housing the museum had an earlier life as a log house, built in the 1850s, that was the home of a German immigrant family in Cincinnati. The entire house was moved to West Fork Park, and was reconstructed and expanded as the German Heritage Museum. The park has a playground for children, and a pavilion for picnics.

The museum maintains a library consisting of German encyclopedias, and works on German and German-American history and genealogy. Lecture programs are held at the museum in October for the German-American Heritage Month. Other events, such as the St. Nikolaus Fest in December, area also held at the museum. It is open Sundays from 1 to 4 PM, and by appointment.



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