German Heritage Corridor

Beginning in the 1830s, thousands of German immigrants moved to Missouri in several large groups. They were inspired in part by a favorable report of the area by Gottfried Duden of Warren County, and by the resemblance of the Missouri River Valley to the Rhineland. 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 MO_GHC_logomaking, agriculture, festivals, language, religion, customs, and architecture, leaving an indelible imprint on Missouri and the nation.  While pockets of German settlement developed throughout Missouri, the majority of immigrants settled along the Missouri River. Thus the German Heritage Corridor begun by the Missouri Humanities Council focuses on the counties north and south of the Missouri River, from St. Charles and St. Louis, to Chariton, Saline and Lafayette. Along this corridor, distinctly German communities grew up and still exist today, including New Melle, Hermann, Dutzow, and Westphalia, to name only a few. The German Heritage Corridor connects those communities along scenic byways, showcasing their specific German heritage and creates a corridor designed to increase tourism in the region. The German Heritage Corridor emphasizes the past and present influence of the German heritage in Missouri. ” Missouri Humanities CouncilMHC_AcrossSTL_ad_042617-2 (1).jpg

From Across STL Magazine…

And for more information about the German Heritage Corridor Contact:  Caitlin M. Yager,  Heritage Resources Coordinator  at the Missouri Humanities Council phone 314.781.9660  or email at   caitlin@mohumanities.org (415 South 18th St, Ste. 100 | St. Louis,  MO 63103)
 Or Visit  www.mohumanities.org

If you would like to read more about the Corridor see this issue of the Missouri Humanities Council Magazine http://www.mohumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2015-Issue.pdf

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2 thoughts on “German Heritage Corridor”

  1. It’s interesting that you do not mention the German settlement in Ste. Genevieve. Many Germans entered the US through New Orleans port and traveled up the Mississippi settling in Ste. Genevieve. The towns of Zell and Weingarten were Germans from small towns in Baden. Ste. Genevieve is a sister city to Bolsbach from where many of our early settlers immigrated. http://www.stegenevieve.org/Sister_City.html

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    1. Missouri has German settlements from Ste. Genevieve to Kansas City to St. Louis to Springfield! And north of Ste. Genevieve we are often reminded to mention the Saxony Lutherans that settled in Perry County. Missouri is truly a German State in America. Thank you Becky!

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