The Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America exhibit shares the story of a large group of politically motived German emigrants in 1834, from all occupations, religions, cities and villages; and brings to life what it meant to be an emigrant bound for Missouri in the early 19th Century. It’s thought provoking images and words bring relevance to the subject of emigration, and its future.
“like Friedrich Muench, who as “Far West” went on to write books about Missouri for Germans, urging them to emigrate.”
the sickness had remained behind and had spread so quickly that by April 9 over thirty people had been afflicted with the smallpox. At this point the fear had become widespread,
We the undersigned, together with many of our most respected friends and fellow citizens, have decided to leave Germany and to seek our new homeland in the states of North America… Nearly 500 people would join Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius on this journey
We are looking for descendants of the family of Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, founders of the Giessen Emigration Society, and all families that descend from the original 500 members of the Society. Every dream begins with a dreamer such as Friedrich Muench
Should Missouri petition Merriam-Webster to change its definition of Utopia?
Two years later, on New Years day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
German television captures visit to Nieder Gemünden by Carol Muench