The Missouri German Consortium is happy to host the upcoming visit of members of the Reisende Sommer Republik from Bremen Germany in September! Please join us at the various activities planned for their visit.
On September 24, 2011, participants will have a unique opportunity to re-live and re-visit an important part of Missouri’s German history, on the upcoming bus tour Utopia Revisited…
… become a member of the Giessen Emigration Society, and experience their departure from Germany, voyage to the U.S., travel the frontier and settle in the Lake Creek valley. Tour will include visits to the sites of Gottfried Duden, Friedrich Muench, Paul Follenius and the Baron von Bock’s Dutzow.
On Thursday May 19, 2011, local residents, and visitors from distant Missouri homes as well, gathered to discuss, celebrate and revisit the life of a German attorney that visited Missouri over 185 years before. Passages from his book, A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America were read, giving guests a glimpse into the author’s vision of a new Utopia that could be found in the far western United States. The original book, first published in 1829, was produced at the author’s own expense, and portrayed… Read more Revisiting history →
Not all trailblazers are created equal though. While some lead Corps of Discovery, and others literally mark trees in order to guide their followers, some unlikely heroes just sit on a hillside and write.
It is nice to know that the arrival of Gottfried Duden, whose writings led so many Germans to Missouri and the mid-west was not an accident! That we are not here, simply because of a lantern in the window, and two Germans lost in the woods. So I am not re-writing history, just simply giving an update that modern technology provides!
So when you send out your next tweet, or post on Facebook, about how great your life is, keep in mind who might be reading it.
Suddenly I was fascinated . . . I knew that the group had been delayed . . . There were nearly 250 men, women and children in that group, on their way to be United States immigrants, on their way to America in 1834. . . My thoughts swirled to consider what they must have endured to follow their dream . . .