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.
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.
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.
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…
Besides collecting historical documents that give us facts, they need to be addressed with an open mind.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.
Should Missouri petition Merriam-Webster to change its definition of Utopia?
Recently, Missouri was visited by German documentary film maker Peter Roloff of maxim Films of Berlin, Germany; and historian, writer and archivist Ludwig Brake of Giessen Germany. On October 21,2012… Read more BOLD MOVES – The Giessen Emigration Society →