This coming fall Missouri Life magazine will publish a new book on the German heritage of Missouri. Featuring the GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR of Missouri, a Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) initiative, this new publication highlights Missouri’s German culture and history along the Missouri River. Thousands of German immigrants moved to Missouri in several large groups in the 1830s, many settling along the Missouri River. By 1860, Germans comprised more than half of Missouri’s foreign-born residents. They brought their distinctive German culture with them, including wine and beer making, agriculture, festivals, language, religion, customs and architecture, leaving an indelible imprint on Missouri and the nation.
This upcoming book will feature the architecture, culture and traditions that make Missouri so “German” and provide readers with beautiful full color photographs of today’s communities from St. Louis to Glasgow as only Missouri’s Premier magazine Missouri Life can do. The counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, Warren, Montgomery, Gasconade, Callaway, Osage, Boone, Cole, Moniteau, Howard, Cooper, Saline and Chariton that were greatly influenced by German settlers. Cities from St. Louis to Glasgow and of all sizes, including St. Charles, Hermann, and Peers will be featured.
Stories of Missouri’s wine industry from Augusta to Rocheport, its’ breweries from St. Louis to Washington, and the German involvement in the Civil War as it crossed the entire state will be told. Much of our German heritage still found along the Missouri River thanks to organizations like Magnificent Missouri. Discover the German culture and traditions in nearly forgotten places like Munichberg and Dortmund, and those where you may not expect it such as Arrow Rock and O’Fallon. And for those wanting to tour and discover more of their own German heritage, the book will provide information on everything from Missouri’s State Historic sites, local historical societies and museums, to its wonderful wineries and festivals that still share the German heritage, culture and traditions today.
The GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR of Missouri connects these German communities along scenic byways, emphasizing the past and present influence of of the German heritage in Missouri. MHC has been collecting an inventory of sites, past people and institutions, settlements, culinary aspects, conflict (nativism, Civil War, World Wars I and II), sceninc byways, transportation (river landings, bridges, trails) religious influence, agriculture, maps, prints, images, music, art, architecture, along with a list of current individuals and organizations with whom to collaborate. Already a substantial number of area organizations, such as the Missouri Germans Consortium, the Boone-Duden Historical Society, the O’Fallon Historical Society, the Deutschheim State Historic Site, the Westphalia Historical Society. Magnificent Missouri, and many others, have joined the Missouri Humanities Council in implementing this extensive initiative.
For more on the GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR of Missouri, go to their website GermanHeritageCorridor.com where you will also find a brief tour of some of the settlements in the corridor. The corridor takes in Missouri cities and counties across the state, both north and south of Missouri River, where large numbers of Germans settled beginning in the 1830s.
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