Category Archives: Utopia

Gottfried Duden’s Farm

There is a proposal to turn Gottfried Duden’s Farm, now RockyVine Retreat Center into a Commercial Property for a Drug Rehabilitation Retreat, that will be heard on this Thursday, December 17, at 7pm in the Warren County Administration Building (101 Mockingbird Lane) in the EOC Room. The Public is invited to discuss this proposal, so please share with others who may be interested.


Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

On November 23, 2014,  the exhibition Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America opened at the Missouri History Museum, bringing the fascinating story of the Giessen Emigration Society full circle and back to the United States.

Today one can relive the story by visiting  the site maxim film and enjoying free films and video on demand.  Or you can still purchase the beautiful book that accompanied the Exhibition at and give a Christmas gift they will never forget.

In 1834, over 500 Germans joined co-founders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius in their attempt to found a German State in America. They fled horrific conditions in Germany, based on a book by a fellow German Gottfried Duden who described a place so wonderful, it was considered a fairy tale never never land. They came from all walks of

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Utopia – Its journey in photos

The exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America was created by the international team known as the Traveling Summer Republic in Germany. It first opened on November 1, 2013 in Giessen, Germany, then traveled to Bremen, Germany, and then to the U.S. where it opened in Washington, D.C., and then concluded its tour in St. Louis, Missouri.

This is the story of its journey in photos!

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