Hello! First the news!
Missouri Germans has been busy and we have a lot of exciting news to share! Did you know that June is #Immigrant Heritage Month? We would like to invite you to learn more about this at https://www.iamanimmigrant.com/
This month on June 1, 2017 we started #Immigrant Heritage Month off right at the opening the exhibit Missouri Immigrants: Faces and Places by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugees Advocates at the German-American Heritage Foundation Museum in Washington, D.C.. You can check out our post on the event and watch the video here.
On June 6th, 2017 the German-American Heritage Foundation celebrated its’ 40th Anniversary! And President Marc Wheat announced their nationwide German-American Heritage Survey which is modeled on Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor project to be Chaired by Missouri Germans Consortium’s Director Dorris Keeven-Franke. Read more…
From the Archives
From the post Immigrants and Refugees (First posted May 2, 2014)
This grapevine is growing on a trellis on the island of Harriersand in the Weser River near Bremen, Germany. Not where you expect grapevines, but these are very hardy, and from Missouri, just like the German emigrants that gathered there as members of the Giessen Emigration Society, in 1834. Looking forward to a new life in Missouri, “where the sun of freedom shines” their ship, the Olbers had left with one woman ill on board, and her disease spread like wildfire, nearly killing the entire ship. The second group was just beginning to gather in Bremen 180 years ago, only to soon learn that the ship that they’d booked, would never arrive. They would spend weeks on the island, some families even taking shelter in the huge old hausbarn on the island. Others pitched tents and some who could afford to found lodging in the nearby village of Brake. An emigrant needs all the funds they have saved…
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