In the spring of 1834, nearly five-hundred Germans board two ships heading
for America, led by one idea: freedom and democracy!
The Giessen Emigration Society – led by Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius
– crossed the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of founding a model democratic
German State in the U.S.. In Missouri they and others led in the struggles
against religious intolerance, and fought to abolish slavery during the Civil
War. This much can be said; the founding of a State remained a Utopia.
But they ultimately achieved a State rich with German heritage, and where
traces of their original dream may still be found. The Traveling Summer
Republic, with its historical research and artistic productions
packed in the exhibition’s huge cargo container will begin their tour
following the route of the Giessen Society – a transatlantic campaign for Utopia.
The exhibition opens in Giessen on November 1, travels to Bremen in 2014,
and then on to the United States, opening in Washington, D.C. and concluding
in St. Louis, Missouri. The “trip” – rich with audience participation – is created
by platforms that connect to the exhibition rooms.
1st exhibit venue: Giessen KiZ – Kultur im Zentrum Südanlage 3a, 35390 Giessen, Germany
Opening: Friday, November 1, 2013 – 5 pm
Opening hours: November 2, 2013 – December 29, 2013
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
The traveling exhibition is a contribution of the City of Giessen to the
Georg Büchner Commemoration Years