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 2015 annual meeting will be in October in New York City.

Featured Swiss American

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Milton Snavely Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the “company town” of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

He was honored by the United States Postal Service with the issue on September 13, 1995 of a 32¢ Great Americans series (1980–2000) definitive postage stamp (Scott #2933).

Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, to Veronica “Fanny” Snavely and Henry Hershey. His family were members of Pennsylvania’s Mennonite community. His ancestors were Swiss and German and had settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. He grew up speaking the Pennsylvania Dutch language. Like many rural young people of the time, Milton was expected to help out on the family farm, and he learned early on of the value of hard work and perseverance.

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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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