Missouri Immigrant Experience

“Remember, remember always, that all of us… are descended from
immigrants and revolutionists.”  – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938

THE MISSOURI IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: FACES AND PLACES is a collection of contemporary and archival photography, and is particularly relevant as it celebrates the irrefutable role of immigrants in the development of St. Louis and Missouri and simultaneously illuminates the human side of immigration in Missouri today. Early in the 19th century, Missouri began welcoming waves of immigrants from Germany and Ireland, followed by Italian, Polish, Greek, and Eastern-European Jewish communities establishing themselves closer to the turn of the century. By 1900, St. Louis, Missouri was the fourth-largest city in America, and one of the most predominately foreign born in the entire country. THE MISSOURI IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: FACES AND PLACES exhibit from the Missouri Immigrant and Advocates, was curated by Danny Gonzales and features photos by Juan Montana, Amela Sinanagic, Oscar Pedroza and Rita Chu. This project was done in support of the German Heritage Corridor of Missouri, and in partnership with the Missouri Germans Consortium and the Missouri Humanities Council. 

German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA®, Washington, D.C.  will host Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places June 1 through August 5 at the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ located at 719 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm featuring Joan Suarez as well as Dorris Keeven-Franke as guest speakers introducing the Exhibit.  Executive Director Erika Harms as well as GAHF Board Member Megan Lott will represent the German-American Heritage Foundation at the opening reception. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 12 p.m to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Museum admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 12 as well as GAHF-members. More info at gahmusa.org.About the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ The German-American Heritage Museum’s mission is to collect, record, preserve and exhibit the rich cultural legacy of Americans of German-speaking ancestry and make their contributions to American history available to audiences of all ages. The museum also seeks to highlight the political, cultural and economic relations between Germany and the U.S. The museum opened in 2010 in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington.
Joan Suarez went to work for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America as an Education Representative in 1962. She found her life-long niche as a labor and community organizer in San Antonio, Texas before returning to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1987 as Southwest Regional Director and International Vice President for UNITE, where she continued to serve until her retirement in 2002. She is currently the Executive Director of Bread & Roses Missouri (BRM) and the founding Emeritus chair of the Missouri Immigrant & Refugees Advocates (MIRA), both spin-off organizations of Missouri Jobs With Justice.
Dorris Keeven-Franke is an author and public historian who has been writing about German emigration for 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Missouri Germans Consortium, an organization devoted to the preservation of the German heritage of Missouri. She is currently the President of the St. Louis German American Committee. She received the German-American Friendship Award from Ambassador Peter Wittig, which was presented by Consul General Herbert Quelle, in December 2016 for her work promoting German and American relations.

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  1. These are the immigrants with pride and want to be part of the culture, we welcome you! God bless America!hildeheaney


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