Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor

German writer Gottfried Duden self-published 1500 copies of a little

Children of Friedrich Muench in 1899
Children of Friedrich Muench in 1899

book in 1829 called A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America, that could be considered Missouri’s first tour guide.  That German book would become the reference that brought hundreds of thousands of German emigrants to Missouri in the 19th century. Now Missouri Humanities Council Executive Director Steve Belko has announced a new heritage tourism initiative called Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor that shares that history, and brings this very rich and important part of our culture and heritage to life today.  Missouri Germans Consortium’s Director Dorris Keeven-Franke will be assisting with the survey.

Do you have a favorite bit of German here in Missouri to recommend? We want to hear from you!

Besides all of the places, people, and events that share in the story of

Missouri's Weinstrasse is nationally recognized
Missouri’s Weinstrasse is nationally recognized

our German heritage; today’s wineries, associations, and current “German” events bring that history to life! If you have suggestions you would like to share, we want to hear from you!  You may contact Steve Belko at the Missouri Humanities Council or join in the fun right here and submit your favorite bit of  “German” below!

The traveling exhibit from Germany Utopia - Revisiting a German State in America brought attention to Missouri's German Heritage for 60,000 visitors to the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
The traveling exhibit from Germany Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America brought attention to Missouri’s German Heritage for 60,000 visitors to the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
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