The Missouri Humanities Council’s German Heritage Corridor connects all of those communities along scenic byways, showcasing German heritage and creating a corridor designed to increase tourism in the entire region. It will preserve Missouri’s German heritage as a designated scenic byway preserving it for future generations to enjoy. With this book, and other applications, the German Heritage Corridor help everyone learn what this rich heritage has brought our state. We applaud the Missouri Humanities Council and Missouri Life Magazine for their work. For more information visit GermanHeritageCorridor.com or Like German Heritage Corridor on Facebook!
But up in the hills, towns such as New Melle are just as interesting for their immigrant heritage. Named after a town in the Kingdom of Hanover, immigrants clearly saw naming their town after the one they left as a way of beginning again anew, and hopefully avoiding the mistakes of “Old” Melle. They suffered the same hardships as the citizens of St. Louis, enduring a severe cholera epidemic that devastated the town.
This coming fall Missouri Life magazine will publish a new book on the German heritage of Missouri. Featuring the GERMAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR of Missouri, a Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) initiative, this new publication highlights Missouri’s German culture and history along the Missouri River. Thousands of German immigrants moved to Missouri in several large groups in the 1830s, many settling along the Missouri River.