All posts by Dorris Keeven-Franke

Author and Public Historian

Deutsch Country Days

 Join MO-GERMANS at the largest German Living History Event in the Midwest on October 21 & 22!  ! https://www.deutschcountrydays.org/

Back in the mid-1970s our country was celebrating its Bi-Centennial everywhere. History

was alive! Robert and Lois Hostkoetter had found the old Huber Log Cabin from Perry County and rebuilt it on their property in southern Warren County near Lake Creek where the Germans had first settled. In love with Eric Sloane’s Covered Bridges they had added that to the farm as well. They wanted to share their passion for history, the Eric SloaneGerman heritage and their “Luxenhaus Farm” and help others understand and learn it as well. And so Deutsch Country Days was born. They followed this with the eighteen Missouri log structures from Gasconade, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren Counties — all originally built from 1800 – 1860. These buildings became “LUXENHAUS FARM,” Platt Deutsch (Low German) for “log house farm.” Made with all the hard work and love this dedicated couple could give.

Each year on the third weekend of October people come from all over the world to share in this experience. The Luxenhaus Farm comes alive as a German settlement of the 1800s! You and your family, your children and your grandchildren become immersed in what life was like for the Germans as they settled Missouri. Grandma’s cabin is filled with quilter’s, weavers and spinners who lovingly demonstrate these early crafts. Nearby the mules work the Sourghum press to create

this very necessary commodity used in place of sugar. Further up the hill you will hear the steam engine driving the mill creating the beauty that filled their homes.

Steam mill

As you make your way further you encounter the passionate crafters that have been teaching Bobbin Lace, Candle dipping and Blacksmithing….long forgotten crafts in this

world of technology and iPads. The smell of wood fire fills the air as the Apple Butter churn is worked. This makes you hungry but don’t despair, the local youth organizations MUSIChave prepared some great food that you can enjoy right there. Music fills the air. You need to plan Trapperon spending the entire day. There will be a time and a place for the Trappers of the Starved Rock who have been sharing the days of the fur traders, and the Osage Village as well, to take you even further back in time. In case you prefer, the American Civil War you will find that being shared as well.

Hundreds of volunteers have been making this weekend come alive for over 35 years, and we can be thankful of all of their dedication to history. So many of the crafts provide

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a hands on opportunity for your children and your grandchildren to enjoy and appreciate. There is no other event quite like Deutsch Country Days! Wilkommen!!!

Ralph and Me
Dorris Keeven-Franke and Ralph Gregory

 

Please join me and all of the Missouri Germans and take a step into this window through time. The farm is part of Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor.GHC logo You can learn more about the event at their website https://www.deutschcountrydays.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deutschcountrydays/ or you can call them at 636-443-5669!  One thing you must know as well… leave your technology at home… as this is a place where smart phones don’t work and the internet and charge cards don’t reach.  See you at Deutsch Country Days!!!

 

Dee Dann
Deutsch Country Days by artist Dee Dann
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German-American Day

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has declared Saturday, October 7, German American Day in Missouri!

All of the St. Louis Regional German-American organizations will celebrate the occasion at the St. Louis German American Cultural Society’s Donau Park 5020 West Four Ridge Road, in Jefferson County, 63051.

Saturday, Oct 7 – noon to 11 p.m. It’s German American Day!!  Meet various German Groups in the St. Louis Metro area. Music by Echoes of the Past in the afternoon and The Wendl Band in the evening. 

Menu is Schwienebraten (grilled pork), Bratwurst and Weisswurst dinners/sandwiches served with sides of Beet Salad and Potato Salad.  Strudel and German drink will be served. 

Admission and parking are free.  We will be serving delicious authentic Oktoberfest food and drink.   Enjoy continuous entertainment both days, including traditional music, German singing. and German folk dancing performances.

The Donau Park is located at 5020 West Four Ridge Road, House Springs, MO 63051.  

For directions to the Donau Park or more information about the German Cultural Society, visit our website http://www.germanstl. org.

Please, no pets.  Service animals permitted.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the United States.[3] On August 6, 1987, Congress approved S.J. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day. It became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. A proclamation (#5719) to this effect was issued October 2, 1987, by President Reagan in a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

German American Day in St. Louis is sponsored by the St. Louis

German American Committee

Badischer Unterstuetzungverein Wolfgang D.. Volz 314-330-2283
German Cultural Society Monika Lorenz 314-771-8368
Deutscher Maennerchor Klemens Wolf 314-487-9296
German School Association 314-452-8780
Froeliche Schuhplattler Nancy Plunk 636-561-9051
German American Heritage Soc. Jim Martin 314-691-4189
German-American Police Officers Roland Fogt 314-691-4199
German Genealogy StL Karl Daubel 636-537-2784
Liederkranz Singing Society Norm Cleeland, Treasurer 636-225-7332
Missouri Germans Consortium Dorris Keeven-Franke* 636-221-1524
St. Charles County German Heritage Dorris Keeven-Franke* 636-221-1524
St. Charles-Ludwigsburg Sister City Mary Johnson
St. Louis Bayern Verein Ken Umhoefer 314-381-2814
St. Lous Strassenfest Patrick Worzer 314-703-1800
St. Louis Stuttgart Sister City Susanne Evens 636-530-1010
St. Louis Sturttgart Volksmarsch Donna Dasho 314-831-0726
Schuetzenverein von St. Louis Garik Allen 314-303-2302
Stammtisch-St. Louis