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ExhibittitleOn Sunday, June 28, at 2pm the Missouri Germans Consortium has been invited to share the story of THE GERMAN HERITAGE OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY in conjunction with Frenchtown Heritage Museum’s (1121 North Second Street, St. Charles, MO 63301) newest exhibit from the St. Charles County German Heritage Club.

bustourOn Sunday, July 12Missouri Germans Consortium members the St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities Intl., and the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis are sponsoring a great summer Bus Tour! Be a German emigrant for a day, and visit the German Heritage along the Missouri River from Hamburg to Hermann. Which would be the destination you would have chosen! Take in a winery, enjoy the Missouri River scenery, there is something for everyone. Lunch is included, $40 per person call Dorris at 636-221-1524 today!  For more information…

Giessen

The best tour of Germany!!!! German Heritage Travel is inviting everyone to reconnect with their German heritage and the Dawn of Utopia. Missouri Germans Consortium will share the Germany that members of the Giessen Emigration Society left and the Germany

The parish church of Pastor Friedrich Muench in Nieder Gemünden by photographer ©Folker Winkelmann
The parish church of Pastor Friedrich Muench in Nieder Gemünden by photographer ©Folker Winkelmann

of today. This trip is special designed for youUTOPIAlogo as it will visit the sites and locations associated with both groups! To book your tour go to  German Heritage Travel  on the web  at http://germanheritage.travel/index.php/en/tours/dawn-of-utopia  or call  571-358-8089 or email info@germanheritage.travel OR call 636-221-1524 or email missourigermans@gmail.com if you need help.Contact us today as the tour is limited! Use contact box below or here for more information…

BlogAnzeigerAre you missing Der Anzeiger?  Missouri Germans Consortium’s  quarterly online publication carries interesting and in depth articles on Missouri’s German emigrants – the history, the lives and stories- with photos. Der Anzeiger brings us full narrative, and help us to understand our ancestors and their world.  Subscription is only $25 per year.  Read our Premiere issue DerAnzeiger or subscribe….

Are you a descendant of a Giessen Emigration Society member? The Giessen Emigration Society has the list of the members and the

Friedrich Muench 1799-1881
Friedrich Muench 1799-1881

original manuscript ship lists. We have begun adding bios of the members and co-founder Friedrich Muench is the first. If you would like to share the bio of your emigrant ancestor that would be great! Only together can we share the entire story.

Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.
Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.

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Group picture of the Descendants

This is a short post for all of the followers of our blog who are descendants of the members of the Giessen Emigration Society. They have been waiting patiently for this group photo!

I just received this photograph from our busy and talented photographer Folker Winkelmann of the descendants who were at the closing of the Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America exhibition when it closed on Sunday, April 19th at the Missouri History Museum. Thank you Folker!  I have several announcements and news to share with the Descendant families, which will I will  post by Friday, June 12!

I see several generations of descendants of Freymuth, Arens, Stahlschmidt, Kunze, Follenius, Muench, Schone, Molitor, Ruter, to name a few!

By  Folker Winkelmann
By Folker Winkelmann

Descendants Project

Missouri Germans Consortium’s family heritage project the DESCENDANTS PROJECT focuses on families that are descended from those who we believe to be members of the original Giessen Emigration Society. Research for the traveling international exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America, the catalog and

© Peter Roloff 2015
© Peter Roloff 2015

the documentary came from members of the Traveling Summer Republic in both Germany and in the United States and the generous contributions of descendants of those original members.

It is a free and open collaborative to those families who are descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society that departed from Bremen in the summer of 1834, and for anyone who is interested in these chapters of Missouri’s German Heritage.

for those who are descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society that departed from Bremen in the summer of 1834, and for anyone who is interested in these chapters of Missouri’s German Heritage. I hope everyone enjoys the wonderful photograph of all of the Giessen Emigration Society descendants that were at the closing of the Utopia exhibit when it left St. Louis a few weeks ago.

The Missouri Germans Consortium has added a lot of information on the Giessen Emigration Society, including the list of members and the original ship lists and portraits of the ships. You can also find a translation of the Call, that inspired so many, written by Paul Follenius and Friedrich Muench. We have added the Rules and Stipulations for Membership as outlined in the Statutes for the Organization, which helps us to better understand what was necessary for the members in 1834. We have begun adding Biographies of members, (Friedrich Muench) and if you would like to add or add to your family, please let us know.

The Missouri Germans Consortium has added a lot of information on the Giessen Emigration Society, including the list of members and the original ship lists and portraits of the ships. You can also find a translation of the Call, that inspired so many, written by Paul Follenius and Friedrich Muench. We have added the Rules and Stipulations for Membership as outlined in the Statutes for the Organization, which helps us to better understand what was necessary for the members in 1834. We have begun adding Biographies of members, (Friedrich Muench) and if you would like to add or add to your family, please let us know.

The Missouri History Museum‘s Library and Research Center in St. Louis, Missouri houses a huge collection of the papers of co-founder Friedrich Muench (1799-1881) originally donated to the

Friedrich Muench 1799-1881
Friedrich Muench 1799-1881

Society in 1881. At the time of his death, a codicil to his will that was written (in German) for his children specified that a) these instructions were for his family and not “the Courthouse” and that b) all of his papers, writings, speeches, etc., were to be gathered and given to that institution at St. Louis where the public could have access to them. Over the years, other family members and historians have also been generous in their donations of family history and family treasures, such as the Muench portraits painted by Anton Gastauer in 1833.  Much of the the exhibit, documentary, and catalog would not have been possible if not for the foresight and generosity of the family.

Finding one’s family treasures is always an awesome discovery for family historians! As the Utopia project began, I felt that if so much could be learned from the papers of Friedrich Muench, how much more could be learned about the plans, dreams and lives of the Giessen Emigration Society members if all of the memories and writings of all five-hundred plus members could be in one location. And so began my quest to find descendants of as many members as possible.

cropped-report.jpgAfter Gottfried Duden published his book A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America in 1829 about Missouri, Germans began emigrating to the “Far West” by the thousands. The 1830s were a decade of “Group Movement” as entire villages, or Societies formed for the express purpose of emigration were popular following Duden’s advice “for the safety of the family”.

The Giessen Emigration Society was officially formed on September 1, 1833 in Friedburg, Germany with a public meeting. Its Statutes had been added to a publication The Call for

List of Arrivals at the Port of New Orleans aboard the Ship the Olbers
List of Arrivals at the Port of New Orleans aboard the Ship the Olbers

Emigration written by co-founders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius. As no original membership list has ever been located, the Ship arrival lists of the Medora and the Olbers, led respectively by Muench and Follenius, are used constructively for the members of the Giessen Emigration Society.

On the Missouri Germans Consortium website, the Giessen Emigration Society, combines the members list, images of the original Ship arrival lists, the Call and its Statutes, to give a better view of the society and create an online digital archives. But no picture of the Society would be complete without a biography of all of its members!  We are asking each of the families if they will kindly share their family heritage in digital format so that all can visit and learn from this important group of German emigrants.

Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.
Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.

If you are a descendant of a member of the Giessen Emigration Society, we would like to hear from you!