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April Newsletter


April 2015 – For all of the latest news and events!

In this issue of Die Zeitung

  • April events with the traveling exhibition Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America
  • Other events happening in April
  • The latest issue of Der Anzeiger is available now
  • Say Auf Wiedersehen to the Traveling Summer Republic with an evening at Blumenhof Winery on April 18th.
  • MissourI Germans Consortium will travel to Germany with German Heritage Travel tours this September!

Missouri Germans Consortium is going to Germany this September for the Dawn of Utopia! Join us September 23 through October 1 as we visit Giessen, Nieder Gemünden, Harriersand, Bremen and more! Visit MGC’s new Travel Page for more information!

The latest issue of Der Anzeiger is available!

Our spring issue is full of wine, music and song!

  • In Their Own Words  Read Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius’ plans for a German state in America in the original charter of the Giessen Emigration Society. Read what they intended for the Society to become, just as they wrote it.
  • The Dawn of Utopia is a German Heritage Travel guided trip through Germany in September that will help you connect with your German “Roots” and visit the places your ancestor called home.
  • A German State in America is the plans of “the Baron” J.W.von Bock for his purely German settlement which he named Dutzow after his former estate in Germany.
  • Tracking those Ancestors We discuss what the basics are for genealogists and family historians who want to trace their families back to the homeland. We share how Gottfried Duden explained the U.S. Naturalization to his readers in 1829.
  • Why learn German?  Always been interested in learning the German language? We explain why thats such a good thing to do!
  • Plus a lot more!  Read about  Germans that shaped Missouri history, German traditions and customs, travel, wine, music. An issue you won’t want to miss... Subscribe today!

Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America the exhibition from Germany that shares the story of the Giessen Emigration Society and the story of German emigration to Missouri during the 19th Century, at the Missouri History IMG_5259.JPGMuseum in St. Louis,  will be closing on April 19, 2015. Over 40,000 have visited the Gallery, listening to the audio, and watching the videos, and sharing comments of how much they have enjoyed the exhibit. We hope that if you haven’t had an opportunity as yet, that you will be able to visit before it closes. The German team of curators of the exhibit the Traveling Summer Republic will return to St. Louis from Germany for programs on the closing weekend, providing a full slate interesting programming. You are invited to meet Peter Roloff, film producer from Berlin; Folker Winkelmann, photographer; Ludwig Brake, archivist for the City of Giessen; Rolf Schmidt, author; Henry Schneider, historian and scriptwriter; and others who will be available in the Gallery that weekend. Events at the Missouri History Museum are found below:

April 7, 2015 Tuesday: Tuesday tour with the Curator Traveling Summer Republic team member Dorris Keeven-Franke gives in-depth tour of the Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America Exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell, St. Louis

April 11, 2015  Saturday:  Muss i denn Cargo Desk In the Utopia Gallery 10am-5pm Missouri History History&RepurcussionsMuseum, 5700 Lindell, St. Louis

April 14, 2015 Tuesday:  Tuesday tour with the Curator Traveling Summer Republic team member Dorris Keeven-Franke gives in-depth tour of the Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America Exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell, St. Louis

April 14, 2015 Tuesday:  Germany’s History and its’ Repercussions For Transatlantic Relations  Missouri History Museum 4PM Lee Auditorium

April 15, 2015 Wednesday: Photographer Folker Winkelmann in the Gallery

April 16, 2015 Thursday: Photographer Folker Winkelmann in the Gallery

April 17, 2015 Friday: Photographer Folker Winkelmann in the Gallery

April 18, 2015  Saturday – Closing Weekend 

  • 10am to 5pm –   Muss i denn desk in the UTOPIA GALLERY will be open.
  • 11:00am  –  Presentation with comments by Immigrant exhibit photographers. Schnucks Classroom
  • 12:00 noon – Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America Documentary showing – Lee Auditorium
  • 2:30pm – Giessen A presentation by Dr. Ludwig Brake, city archivist of Giessen and academic director of the Utopia exhibit. Lee Auditorium
  • Discovery Tour – A City of Immigrants  Call 314-361-9017 9am-3pm

Sunday, April 19 

  • 10am to 5pm – Muss i denn desk in the UTOPIA GALLERY will be open.
  • 11:30am – Author Rolf Schmidt; Selected Readings from his work “The Move” with Autumn Franke in the Lee Auditorium
  • 1:00pm – Adam Arenson, “Citizenship and Civil War: Germans in St. Louis.” AT&T
  • 2:30pm – Julia Muench, “Piano Music for an Epic German Emigration Story.” Lee Auditorium  Julia has informed us that she will have a limited number of CDs of the Concert available for $10 plus $4 shipping and handling – and that you can message her on Facebook if you would like to pre-order them.
  • 3:45/4pm –  MIRA presents Utopia Team with “The Missouri Immigrant Experience” Commemorative Art Poster . Lee Auditorium
  • 4:15pm –  “The Unconditioned” – fictional movie about German radical student groups in the early 1800s. Lee Auditorium

BlumenhofOn Saturday, May 18 7pm Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow will be hosting an opportunity to say Auf Wiedersehen to the Traveling Summer Republic. The evening is open to the public and everyone is invited to please come share some Utopia wine!


Society for German American StudiesApril 9-12, 2015  SYMPOSIUM for the Society for German-American Studies will be “The Heartlands – America’s Most German Region” held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting at the Pear Tree Inn (2211 Market Street) Union Station. For more information or Registration see SGAS.ORG


April 11, 2015  Saturday: Deutscher Maennerchor Spring Dance at the German Cultural Hall. For more information call 314-845-1619 or 314.487-9296


Adventure into Hope
Richard Vieth’s Adventure into Hope: the Founding and Fate of the Giessen Emigration Society and its Organizers Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, is now available as an e-book on Amazon for $4.99. The book explains in a nutshell the historical and political circumstances that led Muench, Follenius, and other Germans to emigrate to the U.S. in the 1830s, the Giessen Society’s bold plan to establish a German state in America, the voyage to Missouri and ultimate demise of the society, and the subsequent adventures of Muench and Follenius in America.  Vieth is the great-great-grandson of Friedrich Muench.
Congratulations Joe Daus
On May 8, 2015, Joe Daus, a resident of Saint Charles, Missouri will be the recipient of the City of Ludwigsburg, Germany’s highest honor, the Bürgermedaille, at the Ludwigsburg Castle during their Founding Anniversary  Ceremony.  Daus is being honored for all of his efforts between the City of Saint Charles and Ludwigsburg for the creation of the Saint Charles-Ludwigsburg  Sister Cities International, an International German-American Partnership between the cities of Ludwigsburg and Saint Charles. Daues has German ancestors and was stationed in Heidelberg as a young soldier, and now the 80 year-old Daues will receive this highest honor there.
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3 responses to “April Newsletter”

  1. If in Bremen, it is worth going to Bremerhaven to visit the Deutsches Auswanderer Haus. It has been the European Museum of the year. Siince Hamburg is near, it is also a good thing to visit the emigration museum there as well, the Ballinstadt. I flew in to Hamburg.to visit my ancestral city of Flensburg, but also made these two stops. If in Hamburg, though reservations advised, what would really be neat is to visit the miniature wumderland, which is a huge model railroad setting.

    Ed Wicklein


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