March 2016

March 2016 Missouri Germans Consortium Newsletter  

GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR  Missouri Humanities Council‘s initiative the German Heritage Corridor:  The Inventory of nearly 500 historic sites, people and events  in 15 counties along the Missouri River (Chariton, Saline, Cooper, Howard, Boone, Moniteau, MO_GHC_logoCole, Callaway, Osage, Gasconade, Montgomery, Warren, Franklin, St. Charles and St. Louis) chronicles our states German heritage. HB 1851 and SB 818 have both passed, and draws us closer to designation of a tourism corridor, so that signage  may be placed at key locations. An application is being developed that will share information or one may learn more in a new book: (October 2016 ) Missouri Life Magazine will publish Exploring  Missouri’s German Heritage with all the interesting stories of Germans life across the state with beautiful photos and maps in true Missouri Life style. More exciting news coming to your community soon!

Upcoming Programs:

AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY: German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri at the  Center for the Global Citizenship in Seminar Room 124, Saint Louis University. For viewing call 314-977-9326  Sponsored by Saint Louis University’s abolutionistDepartment of Languages, Literature and Cultures,. Center for International Studies, Center for Global Citizenship and the Mellon Foundation.Public Viewing by Appointment: Call 314-977-9326 or email: michaelk@slu.edu  For more information see: http://www.slu.edu/department-of-languages-literatures-and-cultures/news-and-events/german-abolitionist-exhibition The exhibit closes May 15, 2016.Two upcoming Lectures at the exhibit are: March 31 – 5-7pm  Thursday  “From the Wacheputsch to the Missouri Putsch: German Radicals Invite Themselves to the American Civil War.” Dr. Steven Rowan, April 21 – 4-6 pm  Thursday : “The Münch Family: From Hesse to Missouri-A German Abolitionist Family.” Lecture by Dorris Keeven-Franke,

AT THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM: Germans in Missouri (Led by Dorris Keeven-Franke) at the Missouri History Museum (registration required) presented in cooperation 1823 Missouriwith the St. Louis Community College Continuing Education Department. PDF  of stlcc classes march through mayTuesday, April 19  German Migration across Missouri: Rivers, Roads, and Rails Tuesday, May 17 Gottfried Duden and the Beginning of the German Immigration.  Free, but reservations are required. Call St. Louis Community College at (314) 984-7777.  Visit mohistory.org for further details on these FREE offerings 

Events

May 1 –  Missouri Germans 1st Annual Maifest: German Heritage Cultural Fest –  From Noon -3  – Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow, Missouri.  – for more information email maypolemissourigermans@gmail.com or call 636-221-1524  An afternoon of German food and wine, with music by Harry Wolf of the Waterloo German Band – with his Alpenhorn!  At noon – Historian Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the history of the Village of Dutzow founded by the “Baron” von Bock as the first settlement of Germans and named after his estate in Germany. Tours of the farm of Friedrich Muench will be from 2-4 pm. Sign up and get directions at Blumenhof Winery.

Family History Program 

 Intermediate Genealogy Class at the City of St. Charles Adult Education on April 6, April 13, and April 20. 9am – 12 noon. (Classes held at St. Charles West High School)(Basic

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Missouri History Museum has a Library and Research Center on Skinker filled with wonderful old documents.

Genealogy and Computer Skills are needed. This is not for beginners.) Session One: Checking the Basics: Learn how to organize and preserve your historic documents,  how to extract and evaluate all the information for the best research, and how to re-check your facts to break down brick walls. We will examine the pros and cons between online programs, family history software  Session Two: How to digitize, organize, preserve and protect old documents and photographs. How to tape an oral history interview with a family member.  How to prepare and create a family history gift book or write and publish your family’s history. Session Three: How to research your family online and around the world. We will examine what sources explain your immigrant ancestor’s heritage and how to take them back to the “old country” and then learn ways to connect with your family and do further research in other countries. To Register: call 636-443-4043, email adulteducation@stcharlessd.org or visit stcharlesae.org today.

For more information email MO-Germans

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