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Category: Giessen Emigration Society

Descendants revisit Utopia in Germany and Missouri

The Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America exhibit shares the story of a large group of politically motived German emigrants in 1834, from all occupations, religions, cities and villages; and brings to life what it meant to be an emigrant bound for Missouri in the early 19th Century. It’s thought provoking images and words bring relevance to the subject of emigration, and its future.

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Departure

the sickness had remained behind and had spread so quickly that by April 9 over thirty people had been afflicted with the smallpox. At this point the fear had become widespread,

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In their own words

We the undersigned, together with many of our most respected friends and fellow citizens, have decided to leave Germany and to seek our new homeland in the states of North America… Nearly 500 people would join Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius on this journey

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Looking for a dreamer’s descendants

We are looking for descendants of the family of Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, founders of the Giessen Emigration Society, and all families that descend from the original 500 members of the Society. Every dream begins with a dreamer such as Friedrich Muench

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Utopia Exhibit included in St. Louis’ STL250 events

Germans first began emigrating to Missouri in groups, and the Giessen Emigration Society was the largest such group ever organized in Germany to come here. Germans have played a huge role in St. Louis’ history, and will be featured in the STL250 event calendar.

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