About

The Swiss American Historical Society (SAHS) was founded in Chicago in 1927. It was established to promote the study of the Swiss in America, Swiss-American relations, and Swiss immigration to the United States. The SAHS encourages American interest in Swiss history and culture, unites those involved in genealogical research, and serves as a link between Swiss Americans, Swiss, and Americans in fostering cultural awareness and mutual understanding.

The Society publishes the SAHS Review three times a year, along with a number of other publications, and meets each October.

Annual Meeting

The 2014 annual meeting will be in October in Philadelphia.

Featured Swiss American

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Meryl Streep At The 2014 SAG Awards (12024455556) (cropped).jpg

Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise Streep; June 22, 1949) is an American actress of theater, film and television. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville (1971), before her screen debut in the television movie The Deadliest Season (1977). In that same year, she made her film debut in Julia (1977). Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter (1978) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the first of which brought her an Academy Award nomination, and the second, her first win, for Best Supporting Actress. She later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011). With 18 Academy Award nominations in 35 years, Streep holds the record as being the most nominated actor (male or female) in history.

Streep’s father was of German and Swiss-German ancestry. Her patrilineal line traces back to Loffenau, Germany, from where her second great-grandfather, Gottfried Streeb (sic), emigrated to the United States, and where one of her ancestors served as mayor. Another line of her father’s family was from Giswil in the canton of Obwalden, a small town in Switzerland.

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Sutter is one of the two Swiss-Americans that average Americans know. They may not know of him as Swiss, but they have at least heard of him. The other that I have found is Henry Wirtz.

  2. ajlst21 said:

    Schweizer Männerchor (Helvetia) of Allegheny City Celebrates 140. Anniversary Dinner and Concert

    http://www.pghmannerchor.com/2014/06/schweizer-mannerchor-helvetia-of-allegheny-city-celebrates-140-anniversary-dinner-and-concert/

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