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Category: Giessen Emigration Society

Descendants Project

Finding one’s family treasures is always an awesome discovery for family historians! As the Utopia project began, I felt that if so much could be learned from the papers of Friedrich Muench, how much more could be learned about the plans, dreams and lives of the Giessen Emigration Society members if all of the memories and writings of all five-hundred plus members could be in one location. And so began my quest to find descendants of as many members as possible.

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The Giessen Society’s Descendants

An unusual genealogy project has evolved out of my work with the Traveling Summer Republic for the exhibit, Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America: the Giessen Emigration Society Descendants Project.

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Descendants Day

THE LEGACY OF THE GIESSEN EMIGRATION SOCIETY is a talk by Dorris Keeven-Franke, historian, author, and member of the Traveling Summer Republic, shares stories of what became of many of the members of the Giessen Emigration Society at 2:00 pm. at the Missouri History Museum in the Lee Auditorium on December 13, 2014.

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Why Utopia

The answer to the question lies in what is probably the least famous referral of all, found in a small church in Nieder Gemünden, written by a contemporary of one of the Society’s founders, Friedrich Muench. In 1857…

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Open Minds

Besides collecting historical documents that give us facts, they need to be addressed with an open mind. Keeping an open mind while we interpret those documents, may lead us to learn new perspectives.

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