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Category: Immigration

Why Utopia

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…

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The Legacy of Utopia

The Missouri History Museum will open an exhibition from Germany, Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America on November 22, 2014, which tells the story of one of the largest and most organized German emigration societies in Missouri’s history. But like the Giessen Society itself, the Utopia exhibit is the story of so much more.

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Coming to America!

While the exhibit shares the story of one of the largest emigration societies to ever emigrate to Missouri, it is discussion of immigration as well, and relative to today's issues. In 1834, five hundred people of all ages, occupations, religions and cities in Germany came to the U.S. in search of its' freedoms!

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Crossing the Atlantic

the waves forced their way into the steerage area and in the same instant, as I wanted to stand up, came such a wave as we had not yet seen, and drowned the whole…

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Descendants revisit Utopia in Germany and Missouri

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.

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