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All things German in Missouri

There is so much German going on this month! Read our entire newsletter so you don’t miss anything! This is where everything German in Missouri begins!

Das Oktoberfest dates from 1810. In 2010 the event celebrated its 200th birthday, but that year marked only the 177th Oktoberfest, what with wars, epidemics and such. The original Fest was the celebration of a Bavarian royal wedding. Princess Teresa (Therese) of Bavaria (1792-1854) had married crown prince Ludwig I (later king of Bavaria) on the evening of October 12, 1810. The next day, the city began celebrating the wedding with various activities, including concerts, parties, balls, and even a horse race on the 17th. It all went so well that the Bavarian royal family decided to hold another race a year later, beginning the Oktoberfest tradition. [From] In Missouri, we’re so German that you can find an Oktoberfest in every city and on ALMOST every weekend!

St. Louis now has a new German restaurant!  Check out the beautiful new renovated Das Bevo and enjoy the style Busch made famous with his world famous Bevo Mill!

Missouri’s German Heritage on Nationwide Survey!  The German American Heritage gahf_logoFoundation of Washington, D.C. is creating THE GERMAN HERITAGE SURVEY which is an inventory of all of the German organizations, historic sites and heritage across the U.S. and asks you to enter your submission. Visit today and submit what you want to see preserved for future generations.

cropped-cropped-mgclogo.jpgFor more of Missouri’s German heritage, news, and events visit our website available 24/7 or follow us on Facebook!Interesting stories about our German Heritage, visit historic sites and meet interesting people, and follow all of the events happening across Missouri and the U.S. …

September events you won’t want to miss….

September 9 & 10 is the first of the St. Louis German Cultural Society’s OKTOBERFEST in Donau Park on Old Hwy 21 /West Four Ridge Road. This is definitely dkvlogotransTHE MOST GERMAN OKTOBERFEST IN ST. LOUIS! Enjoy music and dance by the Deutschmeister Brass Band, Folk Dancing by the Jugendgruppe, Kindertanzgruppe, and Mittlere Tanzgruppe, and singing by the local Sangervereins. Check out the history and displays of the local German organizations, enjoy great German food, beer and wine, or watch the soccer game. Something for everyone of all ages!

September 17   Missouri’s German Heritage Bus Tour  Missouri Germans Consortium, St. Charles County German Heritage Society, and the Boone’s Lick Road Association. GHlogoBecome a German emigrant of the 1830s for an afternoon as we follow the Boone’s Lick road across St. Charles County for an afternoon of history, wine, and German food! Spend the afternoon at Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow, enjoy a German dinner and wine (for those over 21) and music. Bus will return to St Charles through America’s first Viticultural Area passing through Augusta and the former village of Hamburg. Bring a friend and spend the day exploring your German Heritage. Tour leaves St. Charles at 1pm and returns at 5pm. Tour guide is Dorris Keeven-Franke, Director of Missouri Germans Consortium. Reservations must be made in advance, no refunds.For more information call 636-221-1524  $40 For tickets: Uses Eventbrite and PayPal but no PayPal account is necessary.

oktoberfest_final_314x281September 22, 23, 24 St. Charles Oktoberfest –  Don’t miss the German Cultural Tent where all the German activities happen!

September 26 The German Culture Center is hosting noted historian and genealogist Roland Paul at 7pm in the University of Missouri St. Louis. For more information and to register (Free) by September 12 send email to or call 314-516-6620

Coming up in October… mark your calendars now

October 4 – St. Charles County German Heritage Society meeting. Everyone is welcome.
October 7  – GERMAN AMERICAN DAY CELEBRATION AND OKTOBERFEST at Donau Park Old Hwy 21 /West Four Ridge Road – Info
October 8  OKTOBERFEST German Cultural Society –  – Donau Park Old Hwy 21 /West Four Ridge Road – Info
October 14 – Deutscher Maennerchor’s FALL CONCERT AND DANCE  St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall -Info 314-487-9296 or
October 21 Schuetzenverein – HUBERTSFEIER, German Cultural Society Hall Info: or


October 28 –  Germanic Genealogy Society -GATHERING  Info 636-537-2784 or
October 28 –  Volksmarsch Club – WALK BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY –  Info 314-379-4493 or

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Die Zeitung: October Newsletter


October 3, 2016

October is the month when you can almost find an Oktoberfest around every corner. Here are some other events happening in Missouri that you may also find interesting!  We hope that you are able to attend some of these very interesting programs. Don’t forget to look for Missouri Germans when you do!

October 3rd, 2016  Day of German Unity! A National holiday in Germany, with 2016 being the 26th Anniversary.

October 5, 2016 Wednesday– 7pm- St. Charles County German Heritage Society – Stegton Regency  Banquet Center (1450 Wall Street) Speaker Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the German Heritage Corridor – an initiative of the Missouri Humanities Council.  Keeven-Franke will explain the history of the corridor and what the plans for the future are.

October 6, 2016German-American Day is a National holiday in the U.S. observed annually on October 6 each year,   which celebrates the German-American heritage. This day commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia.  Those families subsequently founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlement and organized the 1st petition in the colonies to abolish slavery in 1688. Originally just “German Day”, the holiday was celebrated for the first time in Philadelphia in 1883, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers from Krefeld; and similar celebrations developed across the country.The custom died out during World War due to the anti-German hysteria that prevailed at the time.  The custom was revived in 1983, when President 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.

October 8, 2016 Saturday – 7:30 pm Deutscher Mannerchor Annual Fall Concert and Dance St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall 3652 Jefferson Dance music by the Wendl Band.

October 15 & 16, 2016 Saturday and Sunday – 9am-5pm  Deutsch Country Days A Living History Weekend at the Historic Luxenhaus Farm on 18055 State Hwy O. This is the 35th year that the Luxenhaus Farm has come to life, sharing the folkways and skills of the early Germans in Missouri. Spend a beautiful autumn weekend visiting with artisans from across the country that come together to share the story of our early German immigrants and pioneers. This is a wonderful educational event for the entire family. Some demonstrators do have their beautiful handcrafted items for sale as well so you can begin your Christmas shopping too – with items we guarantee you won’t find online! Visit with Oma (Grandma) Huber (Dorris Keeven-Franke) on her front porch as she shares the history of these early Germans, and to learn more about the Luxenhaus farm and its fascinating history. For more information visit or call 636-433-5669.

 October 27, 2016 Thursday 6:30 pm – Maplewood Public Library – 7550 Lohmeyer Maplewood, Mo. 63143 314-781-2174 Exploring Missouri’s German Heritage: Stories from the German Heritage Corridor  From the first Germans to follow Gottfried Duden, and the German Abolitionist Muench family to the traditions and customs that enrich our communities today, Missouri’s largest ethnic group celebrates its history. Hear the stories of those that came, like Minna Bock Morsey. Minna came to Missouri in 1834, after her father the Baron von Bock founded Dutzow in 1832, the first German settlement in Missouri. She married Col. Fredrick Morsey, who guarded the Missouri railroad during  the Civil War. Thousands of Germans worked to save Missouri from the Confederates and keep it for the Union. To download a PDF click on this link:  german-heritage-corridor-program-flyer-october-2016-1

October 30, 2016 Sunday – 2pm – Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium – Refugee Resettlement: Best Practices in St. Louis and Germany

Experts from Germany and St. Louis have been participating in an exchange to learn from each other about successful refugee resettlement and immigration integration. Attend this town hall meeting for presentations and roundtable discussions with Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch, president of FOCUS St. Louis; Betsy Cohen, executive director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project; Anna Crosslin, president of the International Institute of St. Louis; and Dr. Frances Levine, president of the Missouri Historical Society. This is program is presented in partnership with the International Institute of St. Louis and the Mosaic Project. Download a PDF refugeeresettlement_oct_pdf_90697

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March 2016

March 2016 Missouri Germans Consortium Newsletter  

GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR  Missouri Humanities Council‘s initiative the German Heritage Corridor:  The Inventory of nearly 500 historic sites, people and events  in 15 counties along the Missouri River (Chariton, Saline, Cooper, Howard, Boone, Moniteau, MO_GHC_logoCole, Callaway, Osage, Gasconade, Montgomery, Warren, Franklin, St. Charles and St. Louis) chronicles our states German heritage. HB 1851 and SB 818 have both passed, and draws us closer to designation of a tourism corridor, so that signage  may be placed at key locations. An application is being developed that will share information or one may learn more in a new book: (October 2016 ) Missouri Life Magazine will publish Exploring  Missouri’s German Heritage with all the interesting stories of Germans life across the state with beautiful photos and maps in true Missouri Life style. More exciting news coming to your community soon!

Upcoming Programs:

AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY: German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri at the  Center for the Global Citizenship in Seminar Room 124, Saint Louis University. For viewing call 314-977-9326  Sponsored by Saint Louis University’s abolutionistDepartment of Languages, Literature and Cultures,. Center for International Studies, Center for Global Citizenship and the Mellon Foundation.Public Viewing by Appointment: Call 314-977-9326 or email:  For more information see: The exhibit closes May 15, 2016.Two upcoming Lectures at the exhibit are: March 31 – 5-7pm  Thursday  “From the Wacheputsch to the Missouri Putsch: German Radicals Invite Themselves to the American Civil War.” Dr. Steven Rowan, April 21 – 4-6 pm  Thursday : “The Münch Family: From Hesse to Missouri-A German Abolitionist Family.” Lecture by Dorris Keeven-Franke,

AT THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM: Germans in Missouri (Led by Dorris Keeven-Franke) at the Missouri History Museum (registration required) presented in cooperation 1823 Missouriwith the St. Louis Community College Continuing Education Department. PDF  of stlcc classes march through mayTuesday, April 19  German Migration across Missouri: Rivers, Roads, and Rails Tuesday, May 17 Gottfried Duden and the Beginning of the German Immigration.  Free, but reservations are required. Call St. Louis Community College at (314) 984-7777.  Visit for further details on these FREE offerings 


May 1 –  Missouri Germans 1st Annual Maifest: German Heritage Cultural Fest –  From Noon -3  – Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow, Missouri.  – for more information email or call 636-221-1524  An afternoon of German food and wine, with music by Harry Wolf of the Waterloo German Band – with his Alpenhorn!  At noon – Historian Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the history of the Village of Dutzow founded by the “Baron” von Bock as the first settlement of Germans and named after his estate in Germany. Tours of the farm of Friedrich Muench will be from 2-4 pm. Sign up and get directions at Blumenhof Winery.

Family History Program 

 Intermediate Genealogy Class at the City of St. Charles Adult Education on April 6, April 13, and April 20. 9am – 12 noon. (Classes held at St. Charles West High School)(Basic

Missouri History Museum has a Library and Research Center on Skinker filled with wonderful old documents.

Genealogy and Computer Skills are needed. This is not for beginners.) Session One: Checking the Basics: Learn how to organize and preserve your historic documents,  how to extract and evaluate all the information for the best research, and how to re-check your facts to break down brick walls. We will examine the pros and cons between online programs, family history software  Session Two: How to digitize, organize, preserve and protect old documents and photographs. How to tape an oral history interview with a family member.  How to prepare and create a family history gift book or write and publish your family’s history. Session Three: How to research your family online and around the world. We will examine what sources explain your immigrant ancestor’s heritage and how to take them back to the “old country” and then learn ways to connect with your family and do further research in other countries. To Register: call 636-443-4043, email or visit today.

For more information email MO-Germans