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«Österreichisch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Boston»
Founded in Boston in 1944 and incorporated in 1970, the non-profit Austro-American Association was established to further the interest in Austria and Austrian culture and promote Austrian-American friendship. Austrian and American members participate in a wide variety of social and cultural programs.
In recent years, events such as lectures, concerts, holiday celebrations, boat cruises, Stammtische1 and Heurige were frequently accompanied by fine Austrian cuisine.
A Scholarship Fund provides grants to scholars and artists in support of projects related to Austrian culture. (more history)

1Table reserved for regulars; A monthly A-AA gathering with German conversation

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Angelika Amon wins 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Angelika Amon is the first Austrian scientist to win the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The $3 million price is sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Amon, a resident of Andover, MA and a graduate of the University of Vienna, moved to the US from Austria in 1994 with her husband Johannes. She is Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at MIT. The prize recognizes her research of the basic causes of cancer. We congratulate!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Ursula E Smoot
With a heavy heart, we inform you of the passing of Ursula Smoot on August 22.
          Traude Acker, President, and the
          Board of Directors of the Austro-American Association of Boston

Ursula Smoot


Long time resident of Wayland and Concord Massachusetts

Ursula E. Smoot passed away peacefully on August 22, 2018 after suffering a stroke. She was the wife of Perry R. Smoot. Ursula was born in Bad Liebenwerde, Germany, the daughter of Paul and Elsbeth Wende, and raised and educated in Germany and Austria. She was 96 years old.

While she lived in Vienna, Ursula met her husband, Perry, a lieutenant in the US Army, and they were married 1956. In 1957, she joined her husband in the United States. They lived in Wayland, Massachusetts from 1965 until 2013 when they moved to Concord, Massachusetts. Perry and Ursula were happily married for 62 years.

Besides Perry her husband, Ursula leaves three children: Franklin Wende Smoot of Sunnyvale, California, Stephanie Elsbeth Smoot of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Peter Logan Smoot of San Jose, California. She leaves three grandchildren, Jeanelle, Nicole, and Veronica.

Ursula was a longtime volunteer in the Emerson Auxiliary at Emerson Hospital in Concord; a member of the Austrian-American Association of Boston, a member of Peace Lutheran Church since 1965, and a member of the Square Riggers Square Dance Club. Every year, for almost forty years, on April 19 at 4:30 AM, Ursula hosted a breakfast in her home for the Sudbury Company of Minutemen before their reenactment march to Concord.

Always stylish, charming, youthful in appearance, and interested in life, Ursula was a dedicated mother, enjoyed attending cultural events, spending time with her many friends, making Christmas cookies, sewing, and gardening. In their retirement, she and Perry traveled in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2004, then 82 years old, she accompanied Stephanie to Vladivostok, Russia to bring home her granddaughter, Veronica Ursula.

A memorial service for Ursula Smoot will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 pm. Peace Lutheran is located at 107 Concord Road in Wayland. A reception will be held afterwards.

Cards may be sent to att. Perry Smoot #445 80 Deaconess Way Concord MA 01742. For those who desire, gifts in her memory may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Peace Forever Endowment Fund ( or the The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner Concord, MA 01742.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Austro-American Association of Boston Scholarship Program
The Austro-American Asociation offers a scholarship award to qualified canditates whose studies are focued on Austrian culture. We are pleased to be able to grant an award of $3,000. The selected recipient will make a presentation regarding an Austrian subject connected to their field of studies.
In the past, we have had wonderful, talented recipients who have gained international recognition in the advancement of their careers. We look forward to helping other young students working on Austrian cultural subjects and to the benefit they gain from their association with Austria's rich cultural heritage.
For more information regarding our scholarship award program, please visit the scholarship page on our website.

Sunday, January 01, 2017
Austro-American Association President, Traude Schieber-Acker, receives Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen from Austria (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria)
Consul General Ambassador Dr. Heindl with Traude Schieber-Acker, President of the A-AA
Consul General Ambassador Dr. Heindl with Traude Schieber-Acker, President of the A-AA
On the occasion of the Austrian National Holiday (Staatsfeiertag) A-AA event celebration on October 22, 2016, our Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl made a special announcement to present Traude Schieber-Acker with "Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen f√ľr Verdienste um die Republik √Ėsterreich" (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria). He remarked that Traude has made countless significant contributions in support of Austria, as President of the A-AA, regarding multiple facets of Austrian culture, political situations and other key events to her members over the past 16 years as President.
Traude was deeply honored to receive this special award from Austria and noted it was a distinct privilege to have the Consul General present it in person. She remarked that the award is very dear to her, and especially thanked Dr. Heindl for nominating her to the Austrian Government. While the award was given to her, she acknowledged and thanked the A-AA Board and all members and friends of the A-AA, who have supported her work for Austria through this organization over many years.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Austro-American Association of Boston celebrates its 70th Anniversary
The 70th jubilee was celebrated on June 21 at MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass. The Association was founded in 1944 with a main purpose to help Austrian immigrants to settle here in the Boston area. The A-AA, through its 70 years existence, has continued to provide cultural and social events for its many members and friends, and sponsors scholarship research programs on Austrian related projects.

The festivities started with cocktails on the magnificent terrace with its historic park in the MIT complex. Guests of honor included the Austrian Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl with his family, Mrs. Juliana Belcsak, National Chair of the Austrian-American Councils, and Mr. Roland Pirker, president of the Austrian Canadian Council with his wife, Burgie. Musical delights were interpreted by Josef Porteleki and Dr. Emilian Badea and during dinner with a string quartet playing a beautiful selection of classical pieces. With 15 years in office, Mrs. Acker is the longest-serving president in the history of the association. The A-AA is also one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the USA.

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