Bethel German Colony

Exploring Missouri’s German Heritage: Bethel German Colony

Presented via Zoom by Missouri Humanities and Wendy Brumbaugh, Historic Bethel German Colony

Wednesday, May 13, 10AM-11AM

Promised nothing but bread, water, and hard work, German Americans in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states sold their property and committed the funds to the vision of Wilhelm Keil, their new leader, and made the journey to the Far West, establishing a colony on the sparsely settled prairies of northern Missouri.  They built their German Communal Society in Bethel, a self-sufficient, rapidly growing community whose motto was the Golden Rule.  Though the colony no longer inhabits Bethel, a non-profit established in 1972—Historic Bethel German Colony—works to preserve its history as a unique part of Missouri’s German cultural heritage. Join us on May 13th to hear the story.

Free and open to the public, but registration required. To secure your spot, visit

For a sneak peek, visit to learn about the efforts of Historic Bethel German Colony.

This program is presented in partnership with the Missouri Folk Arts Program. to learn more.

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