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German Heritage Corridor

Beginning in the 1830s, thousands of German immigrants moved to Missouri in several large groups. They were inspired in part by a favorable report of the area by Gottfried Duden of Warren County, and by the resemblance of the Missouri River Valley to the Rhineland. By 1860, Germans comprised more than half of Missouri’s foreign-born residents. They brought their distinctive German culture with them, including wine and beer MO_GHC_logomaking, agriculture, festivals, language, religion, customs, and architecture, leaving an indelible imprint on Missouri and the nation.  While pockets of German settlement developed throughout Missouri, the majority of immigrants settled along the Missouri River. Thus the German Heritage Corridor begun by the Missouri Humanities Council focuses on the counties north and south of the Missouri River, from St. Charles and St. Louis, to Chariton, Saline and Lafayette. Along this corridor, distinctly German communities grew up and still exist today, including New Melle, Hermann, Dutzow, and Westphalia, to name only a few. The German Heritage Corridor connects those communities along scenic byways, showcasing their specific German heritage and creates a corridor designed to increase tourism in the region. The German Heritage Corridor emphasizes the past and present influence of the German heritage in Missouri. ” Missouri Humanities CouncilMHC_AcrossSTL_ad_042617-2 (1).jpg

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And for more information about the German Heritage Corridor Contact:  Caitlin M. Yager,  Heritage Resources Coordinator  at the Missouri Humanities Council phone 314.781.9660  or email at   caitlin@mohumanities.org (415 South 18th St, Ste. 100 | St. Louis,  MO 63103)
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If you would like to read more about the Corridor see this issue of the Missouri Humanities Council Magazine http://www.mohumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2015-Issue.pdf

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German Heritage Corridor of Missouri

We were so pleased to hear that Gov. Nixon signed the German Heritage Corridor into law on July 1, 2016. Congratulations to the Missouri Humanities Council!

The Missouri Humanities Council is implementing a heritage tourism initiative highlighting Missouri Humanities Council logoMissouri’s German culture and history along the Missouri River. Beginning in the 1830s, thousands of German immigrants moved to Missouri in several large groups. They were inspired in part by a favorable report of the area by Gottfried Duden of Warren County, and by the resemblance of the MissouriMO_GHC_logo_concepts-2 River Valley to the Rhineland. By 1860, Germans comprised more than half of Missouri’s foreign-born residents. They brought their distinctive German culture with them, including wine and beer making, agriculture, festivals, language, religion, customs, and architecture, leaving an indelible imprint on Missouri and the nation.

While pockets of German settlement developed throughout Missouri, the majority of immigrants settled along the Missouri River. Thus the German Heritage Corridor will focus on 16 counties north and south of the Missouri River, from St. Charles and St. Louis, to Chariton and Saline. Along this corridor, distinctly German communities grew up and still exist today, including New Melle, Hermann, Dutzow, and Westphalia, to name only a few. This project will connect these communities along scenic byways, showcasing their specific German heritage and creating a corridor designed to increase tourism in the region.

We urge you to contact them today and share your story!  Missouri Humanities Council

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