The First German-American Day in Connecticut was established in 1984 when Governor W. O'Neill proclaimed October 6th as the Official Date of Recognition for the contributions made by people of German background to the social, economic and cultural welfare of the State of Connecticut.

It was through the determined effort of State Senator "Doc" George L. Gunther that Connecticut thus became the first and only state in the nation to accord such official recognition. At that time, or shortly thereafter, the first German-American Day Committee was formed. Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Helmut Woerner, the committee set out to establish an annual event at which German-Americans could gather to recall with pride the contributions made by their forefathers to the growth and prosperity of their adopted homeland.

With support from a number of German-American social and cultural organizations, the Aqua Turf in Plantsville (Southington) became the site of the first of a series of Dinner Dance events embracing German culture through the presentation of German music, song and dance. Highlights of the evening are presentations by costumed folk dance groups, flag bearing marchers, and a massed choral group.

The annual event is further enhanced with representation by officials of the German and American governments. This is a grand evening and a perfect way to support the efforts of those who over the years have continued to keep the traditions so vital to the perpetuity of our heritage.