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Germans and Emancipation

Arnold Krekel, a Democrat, was elected President of the new Constitutional Convention that met in the Mercantile Library in St. Louis on January 6, 1865. On January 11, 1865 the convention, by a 60 to 4 vote, abolished slavery in the state with no compensation for slave owners.

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Where Missouri’s German settlement began

The beginning of German emigration to Missouri is the small village of Dutzow and located about 50 miles west of St. Louis along the Missouri River. In 1829, a German attorney named Gottfried Duden published a book about Missouri from 1824 until 1827, titled “A Report on A Journey to the Western States of North America.” This book caused many German immigrants to consider Missouri a land of opportunity. In the decade that followed, 120,000 Germans would immigrate to the United States, with one-third of them settling in Missouri due to Duden’s book.

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Ralph Gregory

His zest for life will be missed. Not only by myself, but by people all over the world. With his twinkling blue eyes, he brought history to life. And Ralph would not want to see us sad. With his books and his writings, he will always be there for us, urging us on, to make sure on our sources – at least three – and to never give up. Rest in Peace Ralph, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.

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A German Fourth in 1852

a trumpet called the crowd together in front of a flag-draped speakers platform. After the chorus sang several appropriate songs and the Declaration of Independence was read, the main speaker addressed the crowd.

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They Made Missouri German

This exhibit is about to close. There is only a few days left to see it. Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America will close on Sunday, April 19, and return to Germany. Come see it before its gone.

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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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Germans in Missouri

In less than a decade, the young State of Missouri had begun to be one of the most “German” in the country, with St. Louis a major contender. Soon, several villages, cities and counties would be entirely German. With them came all of their German customs and traditions.

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