Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America is bilingual, in German and English, and the story of 500 immigrants to America from all parts of Germany in 1834. After Gottfried Duden’s Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America, published in Germany in 1829, 120,000 Germans would emigrate to the U.S. in the 1830s. Over one-third of those would choose Missouri, presumably because to Duden’s advice.
In July of 1833, the organizers of those that became Members of the Giessen Emigration Society as found on the Ship Arrival Lists, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius published the Call and Declaration… Read more Giessen Emigration Society →
The Utopia exhibition is an example of what can happen when a few people put our minds together in a collaboration, just imagine what the world would be like today if entire countries could work together like this.
Her journal entries share the births, the marriages, the Civil War, the good times and the sad. How the loss of her son left her with an inability to write for three years. She bore 13 children, adopted 2 others, and raised 3 children of her husband’s sister after their mother’s death. Pauline’s diary gives us a rare glimpse into the life of a German emigrant woman during the 19th Century in Missouri.
This is a short post for all of the followers of our blog who are descendants of the members of the Giessen Emigration Society. They have been waiting patiently for… Read more Group picture of the Descendants →
Finding one’s family treasures is always an awesome discovery for family historians! As the Utopia project began, I felt that if so much could be learned from the papers of Friedrich Muench, how much more could be learned about the plans, dreams and lives of the Giessen Emigration Society members if all of the memories and writings of all five-hundred plus members could be in one location. And so began my quest to find descendants of as many members as possible.
Missouri Germans Consortium is planning A Trip to the Dawn of Utopia in September 2015! From September 23, 2015 through October 1, 2015 you can TRAVEL to Germany and experience the cities of Giessen, Nieder-Gemünden, and Bremen,… Read more Visit Germany and the Dawn of Utopia →
Over 50,000 visitors have seen it since it began its journey, and the response has been fantastic everywhere it was seen. it is the story of emigration and of our German ancestors.