Working on my next book “Exploring Missouri’s German Heritage” which is a richly detailed book with hundreds of high quality photos. We’ll explore Missouri’s German
Heritage with a fresh look at a state rich and deep in German history and cultural heritage. Missouri Life is producing this in conjunction with a heritage tourism initiative by the Missouri Humanities Council to bring to life the amazing story of how the land along the Missouri River from St. Louis to Glasgow was settled by German immigrants beginning in the 1830s. While this explores the past it is also aimed at inspiring people to visit the area and explore what is there today.
While pockets of German settlement developed throughout Missouri, a majority of immigrants settled along the Missouri River. Thus the German Heritage Corridor will focus on the counties north and south of the Missouri River, from St. Charles and St. Louis, to Chariton and Saline counties. Along this corridor, distinctly German communities grew up and still exist today, including New Melle, Hermann, Dutzow, and Westphalia, to name only a few. This project will connect these communities along scenic byways, showcasing their specific German heritage and creating a corridor designed to increase tourism in the region.
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