There will be special hours and events for the opening weekend Sunday, September 7, and Monday, September 8, 2014.
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.
America prides itself on its freedoms and democracy. We celebrate those who work daily to keep it safe, and commemorate those who have made the greatest sacrifice already. Today, residents in many countries still see America as a Utopia.
The issues of freedom, democracy, political struggles, and a desperate desire at any cost, for a better life for one’s family, is striking in its similarity for today.
Their exhibition Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America reveals an almost forgotten moment in Germany, when nearly 500 joined leaders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius in their plan to create a German State in America…
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
Many of the Society members led influential lives, which played a part in the reason Missouri became one of those in America with a large population with German heritage.
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.