Missouri Germans Consortium

Everything German in Missouri

Suggested Reading

Accompanying book
Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America“
Edited by Traveling Summer Republic and City Archives of Giessen

The story of the Giessen Emigration Society told by Ludwig Brake, Dorris Keeven-Franke, Walter D. Kamphoefner, Rolf Schmidt, Kilian Spiethoff and others; photography by Folker Winkelmann.


 Paul Follenius und Friedrich Muench
“Call and Declaration on the subject of mass emigration from Germany to the North American free states”
The Call for founding the Giessen Emigration Society, first published in 1833.  Translated by Stephen Rowan.

52 pages, English/German, b&w,

Rolf Schmidt Der Auszug – Von der Weser zum Missouri“
„The Move – From the Weser River to Missouri“ is Rolf Schmidt’s continuation of his adventurous novel about the Giessen Emigration Society.
280 pages, Euros 14.80
Isensee-Verlag, Oldenburg 2013
ISBN 978-3-89995-982-6
Available in German language only

Rolf Schmidt „Warten auf die Flut – ein historischer Harriersand-Roman“
Rolf Schmidt tells in his novel “Waiting for the Tide” the stay of 250 emigrants on the remote Harriersand island, located on the Weser River between Bremen and Bremerhaven, in 1834.
180 pages, Euros 12.80
Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg 2008
ISBN 978-3-89995-569-9
Available in German language only

Gert Goebel
“Longer than a  Man’s Lifetime in Missouri“
Gert Goebel, member of the Giessen Emigration Society, published his memoirs in German in 1877. This translation by Adolf E. Schroeder and Elsa Louise Nagel, annotated and with an Introduction by Schroeder and coeditor Walter D. Kamphoefner.434 pages, b&w, $ 30.00The State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia 2013Order here:

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