In the decade of the 1830s alone over 120,000 Germans immigrated to America, and one-third of those settled in Missouri. Those are the emigrants that made it. Thousands would not… Read more Coming to America →
Missouri is the state where “the Sun of Freedom shines” according to Friedrich Muench, co-founder of the Giessen Emigration Society in 1834. This land was uncharted, fertile, inexpensive and wide open. young attorney named Gottfried Duden from Remscheid Germany had taken notice of this newly formed State called Missouri just five years earlier.
The beginning of German emigration to Missouri is the small village of Dutzow and located about 50 miles west of St. Louis along the Missouri River. In 1829, a German attorney named Gottfried Duden published a book about Missouri from 1824 until 1827, titled “A Report on A Journey to the Western States of North America.” This book caused many German immigrants to consider Missouri a land of opportunity. In the decade that followed, 120,000 Germans would immigrate to the United States, with one-third of them settling in Missouri due to Duden’s book.
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.
This exhibit is about to close. There is only a few days left to see it. Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America will close on Sunday, April 19, and return to Germany. Come see it before its gone.
So when you send out your next tweet, or post on Facebook, about how great your life is, keep in mind who might be reading it.