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United States. Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany. Management and Budget Division / The America Houses, a study of the U.S. Information Center in Germany
(1953)

V. B. Programming,   pp. 132-136 PDF (2.0 MB)


Page 136

2. The support provided by the United States Information Agency
should be limited to materials or to complete exhibits which
have been agreed to in advance between the Office of Public
Affairs in Germany and the Agency in Washington.
3. The Exhibits Section of HICOG should be responsible for pre-
paring exhibits for special periods of the year, such as
Independence Day, Christmas, American elections, etc.; window
panels; and materials support, including photographs, for
locally prepared America House exhibits.
h. All other exhibits should be prepared at the local level.
Children' s Activities
1. The America House should uphold its reputation as a place where
children are welcome.
2. A children's section of the library should be continued.
3. Distribution of films for showings at schools and youth organi-
zation meetings should be intensified, with a corresponding
decrease in the number shown at the America House.
4. Other programs for children, such as art classes and theatricals,
should be discontinued. Space should be made available, however,
to volunteers in the communities who are interested in donating
their time to working with children.
English Language Programs
L. English language activities in the America Houses should be
limited to classes for advanced students (individuals whose
knowledge of English is rated as "useful" -- ability to handle
ordinary contacts without an interpreter) and to English dis-
cussion groups.
2. The advanced classes and discussions should be keyed to the
current program themes of the America Houses.
3. Special effort should be made to provide material on the teaching
of English to the German public schools and to the universities.
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