Steuben Society of America Inc

Location:

6705 Fresh Pond RoadRidgewoodNew York11385United States View Map

Phone:

(718) 381-0900
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Description:

The Steuben Society of America, founded in 1919, is an educational, fraternal, and patriotic organization of American citizens of German background. The stated purpose of the Society is "to educate the public about matters of interest to American citizens of German descent and their families, to encourage participation in civic affairs, and to perpetuate and enhance the understanding of contributions made by such citizens to the development of the United States of America." In appealing to newly made citizens, as well as to descendants of immigrants from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other German-speaking areas of Europe, the founders called "Duty, Justice, Charity, and Tolerance" the four pillars on which the Society is built. In its early decades, the Society focused strongly on guarding the liberties of its members and assisting new immigrants in applying for American citizenship through various educational activities. Parallel to these endeavors, Units and Councils of the Society recognized meritorious achievements of students in American history and in German language with awards and scholarships. Because the organization had chosen as its patron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a hero of the Revolutionary War George Washington's Adjutant General, the Steuben Society also recognized the importance of teaching military discipline. Thus, the Society has a long-standing tradition of presenting annual awards at the U.S. Service Academies in West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs. Sponsorship of scholastic awards for high school and college level achievement used to be a major thrust of local Units.

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