German Roots - Goethe-Institut USA

German Roots
Everywhere you look

Everywhere you look

German Roots

As many have noticed, German-American history is a strong component of American history. That's why this website has the subtitle “Everywhere You Look.”

People from the German-speaking world have been intimately involved with the creation of American history ever since they first arrived at the English colony in Jamestown, Virginia in 1608. Scratch the surface of America and you will find German influences.

We hope that you enjoy learning about American history from this vantage point.



Washington's German-speaking community had an enormous impact and presence right here where the Goethe-Institut has its Washington office. German businesses and houses of worship, along with architects, artists, and inhabitants, left a lasting legacy on what was Washington’s principal business and shopping district in the 19th and early 20th centuries. And they continue to influence the nation's capital today.

German Traces NYC

German Traces NYC is a mobile, augmented reality experience designed to let learners explore German cultural heritage in New York City. The application makes use of archival documents, photographs, and multimedia narratives to bring to life to this significant thread of New York City and United States history.

San Francisco

The Goethe-Institut invites you to take a virtual tour of many of the sites and important figures connected to San Francisco and the Bay Area which are related to German-American history.