The year of 2016 was another busy one for Missouri Germans Consortium!
German Heritage Corridor
Dr. Steve Belko, Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council shared how “the General Assembly passed legislation designating sixteen counties (Boone, Chariton, Saline, Lafayette, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Cole, Callaway, Osage, Gasconade, Warren, Montgomery, Franklin, St. Charles and St. Louis) and St. Louis City as the German Heritage Corridor of Missouri.” He adds that “On August 10, the MHC submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities a comprehensive planning grantthat will provide a detailed blueprint for implementing public programming and interpretive components emphasizing our state’s extensive German heritage, both within the Corridor and in communities all over Missouri, from Perry County to Cole Camp, Freistadt, and beyond.” Missouri Germans Consortium is proud to have worked with the Missouri Humanities Council on this project and looks forward the great things being planned for 2017. Missouri Germans Consortium will continue to bring you news on the Corridor!
A Missouri German Program Near You
This past year we presented several interpretive programs, bus tours and library talks, across Missouri on the German heritage! From German Abolitionists: the Muench Family at St. Louis University in conjunction with their great exhibit on The German Abolitionists; to the Germans along the Booneslick in Fayette. With programs at the Missouri History Museum on Gottfried Duden and The German Heritage of Missouri, and for the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister City Membership party at the Four Seasons How St. Louis Became So German. For the We Are St. Louis programs sponsored by the St. Louis County Parks and the St. Louis County Library we enjoyed a packed house wanting to hear more about Germans in St. Louis. Washington University Students and the Association of Museum Interpreters enjoyed a private guided bus tour of the early sites of Missouri’s German heritage. These are just a few of the programs we enjoyed, and if you or your organization is interested in having a program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set a date! On January 11, 2017 at 7 pm. we will be at the St. Louis Genealogical Society’s German Special Interest Group’s meeting at the St. Louis County Library to share St. Louis Germans in the 19th Century. Please join us.
German-American Friendship Award
On December 15, 2016 our Executive Director Dorris Keeven-Franke was awarded the
German-American Friendship Award from Consul General Herbert Quelle, on behalf of Ambassador Peter Wittig, at a ceremony in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum. The German-American Friendship Award, established in 1981, is given by the German Ambassador to those who have shown extraordinary commitment to fostering German-American relations. For more on the award see http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/GKs/CHIC/2016/12/17__GAFA.html
More Missouri Germans in 2017! We will bring a special weekly blog with German Genealogical help for those researching those ancestors (and who doesn’t have one?) that emigrated from Germany. See our special Facebook Page Missouri German Genealogy at https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyforGermans/ for connecting with others also interested. Missouri Germans is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mo.germans/ for everything German in Missouri.
We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!