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GACC July Dinner

GACC Monthly Meeting Notice - July 2022

Friends, Don’t forget about our upcoming members’ meeting on Saturday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Our guest speaker will be author Brian Altobello, who will talk about an important period for those of German ancestry in New Orleans – the World War I years. There was significant anti-German sentiment during that time, and we can learn about the history in Brian’s talk. We hope to see you then.


Learn About the Algiers Germans

What is the history of citizens with German ancestry in Algiers, Louisiana? At the June 18, 2022, meeting of the German-American Cultural Center in Gretna, Don Costello will answer that question.

The West Bank community of Algiers is a short distance from Gretna, which was founded by German immigrants. Costello is highly qualified to discuss the topic of Germans in Algiers history – he is president of the Algiers Historical Society. A native of Algiers, he also is a certified historic preservationist, holds a certificate in historic preservation from the University of New Orleans and served as special projects coordinator for the Vieux Carre Commission from 1990 to 2005.

Costello also is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

He will speak to GACC members at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the center, 519 Huey P. Long Avenue.

Don Costello

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Visit Our Museum

Step inside the GACC Museum and go back in time to 1721, when German immigrants first settled in Louisiana. You’ll learn about the waves of German pioneers that followed them to establish homes, farms and businesses across the river from New Orleans. Entry is free of charge to our museum, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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