DorrisKeevenFrankeMissouri Germans offers several different programs  and bus tours for those interested in Missouri’s German Heritage. 

We will be happy to present at your next Senior Citizen, School, Library, or Historical Society any of these below or a special topic you request!  Use the form below or Contact us for more information today!

  • I Remember PaPa

  • German Social Life and Amusements in St. Louis

  • Emigration: There were as many reasons to be a German emigrant as there were emigrants!

  • Tracking Your Ancestors Back to Germany

  • Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

  • Travel and Heritage tours

  • Special request topics designed just for you

cropped-mgclogo.jpgMissouri Germans offers several programs geared to your audience by a professional speaker. One hour in length, these programs are great for your genealogical or historical society, church or civic group. Please contact us for additional topics and tours that can be designed for your groups special interest.

Program:  I Remember PaPa – Pauline Muench Busch

Pauline emigrated from the small village of Nieder Gemünden in Hesse Germany in 1834 at the small age of six, with her little brothers Adolph and Richard, step-mother and father, Friedrich Muench. She DKFPaulinelittlegrew up in a small log cabin along Lake Creek in southern Warren County, before marrying Gordion Busch from Franklin County. She shares what life was like on the Missouri frontier, the Civil War, and what it was like to have a famous father. Dorris Keeven-Franke brings Pauline Muench Busch to life through Pauliine’s and her father’s diaries and other writings. [Interpretive Program]

Program: There were as many reasons to be a German emigrant as there were emigrants!

Following Gottfried Duden’s Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America over 30,000 Germans emigrated to Missouri. By 1850, Missouri was one of the most predominately German in the U.S. and several counties were over 50% German. This program explains not

Giessen Emigration Society boarding the Medora at Bremen in July 1834
Giessen Emigration Society boarding the Medora at Bremen in July 1834

only what the myriad of reasons were for emigrating, but gives suggestions on how you can discover your ancestor’s German roots and follow them back to Germany. Emigration is a personal and difficult decision and this program explains how deeply personal it is.  By Dorris Keeven-Franke

Program: German Social Life and Amusements in St. Louis

There were so many ways the German emigrants in St. Louis found to liederkranz13chouteauamuse themselves in their adopted homeland, which the Americans found as amusing as well. Customs and traditions brought from Germany were adopted and sometimes even Americanized. There was a lot more to having fun than simply the beer and ‘brats that might surprise you! Program will share pictures of the Schutzenverein, the Maifests and Turner festivals and make you yearn to be German! By Dorris Keeven-Franke


Germans have been immigrating to America for over 300 years. Each emigrant has his own personal reason for coming to the U.S., with his trunk filled with dreams for a new life. Dorris Keeven-Franke is a professional genealogist with over 30 years experience. She works with people in both the U.S. and Germany to find what became of their families here in the U.S., and helps those wanting to track their ancestors back to Germany. She shares methods, tips and tricks she has developed to help those wanting to locate those who immigrated to Missouri in the 19th Century. With maps, and examples of original documents, she will help you learn what to look for on your research journey. She will also help understand the naturalization laws every emigrant faced, and what early groups settled in parts of Missouri. [One hour] Handouts available.

PROGRAM: Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

Utopia - Revisiting a German State in America

In 1834, the largest organized German emigration group to ever set out for Missouri arrived. They came from small villages and large cities, were Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Free-Thinkers. They were lawyers, doctors, and teachers; and blacksmiths, tanners and farmers as well. They were organized, with good character references, who had pledged their entire life savings to join others with the same dream – Freedom and America! This was the life that they had sought for long. Theirs is the story of so many German emigrants of the 19th century who came to Missouri. Learn how their lives were changed in the U.S.. With a visual array of original documents, and beautiful photographs, listeners hear the first hand accounts of the successes and the failures, and what


became of these emigrants. This is a true story, of an almost forgotten part of history, that fascinates and helps us to understand what it feels like to be an “emigrant” to America. Missouri was the land “where the sun of freedom shone” and thousands of Germans built new lives, made the best citizens, and left a legacy that exists to this day. [One hour]  Book signing can accompany program


Step on bus tours and custom designed tours for your group’s needs available in St. Louis, St. Charles, Warren, Franklin and Gasconade Counties. Available for all age groups.

Bus Tour Utopia Revisited
Bus Tour Utopia Revisited







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