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German Heritage Program

The German Heritage of St Charles County  – This will be a concurrent event with the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission and the O’Fallon Historical Society. Dorris Keeven-Franke will give an informative speech about the German Heritage of St. Charles County. Dorris is the Executive Director of the Missouri Germans Consortium, an open German-American organization devoted to the preservation of the heritage, culture and history of the German emigrants that settled in Missouri. They partner with other like-minded organizations to bring programs, books, and events to those across the U.S. with the same interests and goals. Registration is not required and there is plenty of room at the handicapped accessible City Hall Council chambers. The meeting will be in the O’Fallon City Hall, 100 N Main Street, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6 pm. Please share this event with your friends or anyone interested in the German heritage of St. Charles County.


Bosseln 2017

Who wants to play Bosseln?!  We are looking for everyone who plays Bosseln!  or anyone who wants to learn Bosseln and join in the fun! Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm in Forest Park. We will take the Roloff Route. Call 636-221-1524 or use the contact form below. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

We are forming four teams: Red, Blue, Yellow and Black as we have four Kloots, which we will limit to a team Captain and four players.

at-the-endThe Bosseln Kloot is a round ball of synthetic material, made heavier with lead.  The rules are to keep the ball away from obstacles such as ditches, gutters, streams, long grass etc., which would reduce the distance of ones “shoot” and on the pathway. The experienced player will sometimes deliberately aim for such places on uphill stretches, to avoid the possibility of the ball rolling back downhill. The goal is to be the team that reaches the end, with the fewest number of throws. Each throw ends, and is counted from, at the point where the ball hits the ground. In Germany the sport named “Boßeln” (Bosseln), is primarily played along the coast and borders of North Germany, such as in Ostfriesland, Oldenburg, Butjadingen, Dithmarschen, Nordfriesland, Emsland, and Grafschaft Bentheim. It is also played in some parts of the U.S. by German immigrants.

St. Louis Germans in the Mid-19th Century

On January 11, 2017 the St. Louis Genealogical Society (SLGS) will hold their quarterly German Special Interest Group (GSIG) meeting at the St. Louis County Library at 7 pm with their program “St. Louis Germans in the Mid-19th Century” by speaker Dorris Keeven-Franke, Director of Missouri Germans Consortium. Learn about the daily lives of your German ancestor, including their neighborhoods, education, social Turnvereins, jobs and chain migration. Hear about their reaction to diversity, other Germans, slavery, Nativism and the Civil War.

Those researching their German ancestors in Missouri will find this helpful to understand their 19th Century emigrant ancestors lives when the settled in St. Louis, Missouri. Germans began flooding the streets of St. Louis in the 1830s, when over 120,000 Germans emigrated to the U.S., and 1/3 of those settled in Missouri. Over 10,000 of those 40,000 settled in St. Louis and the surrounding region, today’s St. Louis County.  This program will help researchers know what records they can use to track those early German ancestors, and break down brick walls.

Make your New Years resolution now to get your Genealogy research back on track this year. Start the year off right and mark it on your calendar today!