PALATINES TO AMERICA was founded at Columbus, Ohio, 12 July 1975. Beginning with a nucleus of 47 from throughout the U.S., the society now has over 2,000-members. It is incorporated as a non-profit organization under an Ohio Charter, and, along with its conforming Chapters, is an approved charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
The PURPOSE of this society is to promote the study of Germanic immigration to North America, to publish information of general interest, and to provide a means for members to exchange information and share research.
The NATIONAL CONFERENCE is held every other year usually in June. Speakers, seminars, resource persons, and fellowship with other members fill two or more days.
An ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING is held every year and in conjunction with the conference every other year, with reports from officers and committees and election of officers.
CHAPTERS are organized to encourage personal participation, to make possible more fellowship, and to provide easy access to local workshops and research within an area. Most chapters publish a newsletter, print publications, and hold conferences, workshops, and seminars. Currently, Palatines to America has chapters in Colorado, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.