The Giessen Emigration Society in St. Charles County
In the summer of 1834, over five hundred Germans came to Missouri, the land of freedom and opportunity, from all walks of life and all over Germany. They were bound together by one goal, to create a German state in America. Friedrich Muench led the way to Missouri where he wrote “the sun of freedom shines” and later went on to lead the Germans in St. Charles through the difficult days of the Civil War. These Germans settled in St. Paul, Cottleville, Augusta, Melle, Hamburg and St. Charles, and left a legacy that can still be found today. Dorris Keeven-Franke, Director of the Missouri Germans Consortium, will present the next St. Charles County Historical Society Luncheon program. Keeven-Franke will also share news about the upcoming German exhibition Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America, coming to the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on November 22, 2014. That exhibit created by the Traveling Summer Republic has traveled across Germany and is in Washington, D.C. presently.