Missouri Germans Consortium is a free online International association of everything German in Missouri, for those interested in the German heritage of Missouri. Our mission is to partner with organizations such as ours, preserve the culture, educate on the history, promote with programs and projects, while providing an open forum for the public to come together.
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 were as many reasons to be an emigrant, as there were immigrants
To decide that conditions are no longer tolerable, and to sell everything you own, and say good-bye to all of your friends and family is not an easy decision. It is not one any one who has made a decision to emigrate, made very lightly. And besides the push, there has to be a pull from a place to be significantly sufficient. When Duden’s book is published, there are hundreds of similar books being published suggesting emigration to Russia, Brazil and England to name a few.
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.
Utopia arrived, just as those early German emigrants did, in St. Louis, Missouri on November 23, 2014. The Missouri History Museum has done a tremendous effort to bring German emigration alive to thousands of visitors. The shipping crates have opened, and the many audios and videos bring the story alive. However, the exhibit will close its doors on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and leave St. Louis forever.
Happy German American Day!
St. Louis’ own Missouri History Museum in Forest Park will be the perfect place to experience what some have come to call Utopia.
The Traveling Summer Republic transforms the emigrants’ search into concrete experiences, and the team’s every arrival and farewell becomes a public event. The exhibits are unpacked, the travel trunks become the exhibits…