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.
Should Missouri petition Merriam-Webster to change its definition of Utopia?
America, where the “sun of freedom shines”, is still Utopia for thousands every year. Have we forgotten that is what brought our own ancestors here? Would they be proud of us today?
Two years later, on New Years day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
he City of Giessen will host the Exhibition Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America which explores the themes of emigration, loyalty and patriotism, in the Cultural Center, opening November 1, 2013.
After eight years they are bringing together their work and findings to create a world of discovery for people of all ages through video installations, texts, archives, footage, and photographs.
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 →
the talk Dorris Keeven-Franke will be presenting at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the St. Louis Ethical Society on German Freethought Communities.