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Baltimore House opens for German emigrant once again

Millions of immigrants arrived at the port of Baltimore longing for a better life. On Monday, September 1, 2014,Labor Day, from 5pm to 8pm  we invite the public to join us as we commemorate these immigrants journey by welcoming, actress Esther Steinbrecher, who accompanies the traveling exhibition Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America. The Immigrant House at the Baltimore Immigration Memorial, will re-open for one day only!


The Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland, the German-American Heritage Museum and the Traveling Summer Republic invites everyone to spend three hours with Steinbrecher. She is part of the Utopia exhibit with her “temporary” travel agency “Muss i denn Tours & Cargo Trips”. In her luggage she brings a lot of mysterious objects sent from overseas. Precious cargo sent from visitors of the Utopia exhibit in Germany, to find a new home and a better life here in America. Come see what they sent! The event will be at the bottom of Hull Street at the water’s edge and at the nearby Immigrant House on Beason Street.

For a Press Release on this event Muss I denn in Washington,DC


UTOPIA to open in Washington, DC on September 6

Coming to America!!!!  Opening in the U.S. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4 pm.  the exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America  at the German-American Heritage Foundation museum in Washington, D.C.Container3

The decision to emigrate is not an easy one to make! But for centuries now, immigrants have been coming to America, land of the free, and home of the brave. Everyone is an immigrant.

When Friedrich Muench, gathered the Giessen Emigration Society and set out for America, a pastor in his church scoffed, and wrote in the church book “he has gone to Utopia”. It takes courage to be an emigrant. When he was stranded with over 200 NiederGemundenfellow Germans, leading them to this Utopia called America, they raised the American flag.  Where one believes in that document that declared those freedoms, and takes it literally. Imagine raising an American flag on a German island in 1834, or celebrating the Fourth of July on an American ship called the Medora.

Headed for America
Headed for America

Our immigrants take us at our word! They dream and they believe. They come in search of a better life for their families, education for their children,  and the freedoms we treasure!




The Reisende Sommer-Republik

The Reisende Sommer-Republik of Bremen Germany is a group of historians, authors, photographers and film makers interested in the Giessen Emigration Society that arrived in Missouri in 1834. They first visited Missouri in 2009 for their fifth summer “conference” to discuss and share their interest in what remained of the culture and sites of those that emigrated with the Society.

In September of 2010, they shared the results of that Missouri visit with Germany in their documentary, A Trip to a Forgotten Utopia, which received a lot of attention in the media and various parts of Germany, and later in the U.S.. As the Giessen Emigration Society was a politically motivated group, made up of affluent families of many religious groups, but failed to create their planned to Utopian colony in the young State of Missouri, as Gottfried Duden suggested, it is usually considered a failure. However, the group was led by an interesting and charismatic free thinking author, Friedrich Muench, influential in Missouri politics and emigration policies in the mid-19th century, and his writing did much to continue the Society’s ideals. Today, Missouri still enjoys a predominant and abundant connection with its German history and culture.

They are returning to Missouri, for further research, filming for their Utopia project, and to co-sponsor a tour – Utopia Revisited of the sites associated with Gottfried Duden and other leaders of the Giessen Emigration Society. The Missouri Germans Consortium is hosting a reception for some of the members of the group at the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington Missouri on Sunday, September 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm where their photographer Folker Winkelmann’s exhibit A Trip to a Forgotten Utopia will open. The event is free and open to the public

Looking for Descendants

Sailing on the Olbers which arrived in June of 1834, and the Medora that arrived on July 25, 1834 in Baltimore, were 500 emigrants who settled in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Warren County. The Sommer-Republik is interested in interviewing descendants of the society. A list of the Society can be found here.

Utopia Revisited

On Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm the Sommer-Republik and the Missouri German Consortium will sponsor a bus tour -Utopia Revisited at 1:00 pm which departs from Washington Missouri, and visits the sites of Gottfried Duden’s farm and the leaders of the Giessen Emigration Society, Paul Follenius and Friedrich Muench. Tickets are available only in advance and more information is located here.

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