PROGRAMS & TOURS
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
Missouri 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
Program: There were as many reasons to be a German emigrant as there were emigrants!
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
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
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.