The Exhibit Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places funded by the Missouri Humanities Council recently opened at the German American Heritage Foundation’s Museum in Washington DC. We have a video of that event on our YOU TUBE Channel for you. After a short tour of the museum there are the opening remarks by President of the German American Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Marc Wheat, President and Founder of Missouri Immigrant and Refugees Advocates Joan Suarez, and Missouri Germans Consortium Executive Director Dorris Keeven-Franke. Executive Director Erika Harms shared in the Director’s Message
The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA appreciates the support and cultural programming of our member clubs and organizations, which we are eager to highlight in this edition of GAHF Club Connect.
We are excited to work with member organization the Missouri Germans Consortium by featuring “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places”, a traveling exhibit developed in conjunction with the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, which opens tomorrow at the GAHM.
Video Editor: Andrew Schroeder
“Remember, remember always, that all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938
A collection of contemporary and archival photography, and is particularly relevant as it celebrates the irrefutable role of immigrants in the development of St. Louis and Missouri and simultaneously illuminates the human side of immigration in Missouri today. In the early 19th century, Missouri began welcoming waves of immigrants from Germany and Ireland, and by the turn of the century, Italian, Polish, Greek, and Eastern European Jewish communities had settled in the state. By 1900, St. Louis, Missouri was the fourth-largest city in America and home to one of the most predominantly foreign-born populations in the country. THE MISSOURI IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: FACES AND PLACES exhibit from the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates was curated by Danny Gonzales and features photos by Juan Montana, Amela Sinanagic, Oscar Pedroza and Rita Chu. This project was created in support of the German Heritage Corridor of Missouri and in partnership with the Missouri Germans Consortium and the Missouri Humanities Council.
German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, Washington, D.C. will host Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places June 1 through August 5 at the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA located at 719 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM featuring Joan Suarez and Dorris Keeven-Franke as guest speakers introducing the exhibit. Executive Director Erika Harms and GAHF Board Member Megan Lott will represent the German-American Heritage Foundation at the opening reception. The museum is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Museum admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for GAHF members and children under 12. More info at www.gahmusa.org.
About the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA: The mission of the German-American Heritage Museum is to collect, record, preserve and exhibit the rich cultural legacy of Americans of German-speaking ancestry and make their contributions to American history available to audiences of all ages. The museum also seeks to highlight the political, cultural and economic relations between Germany and the United States. The museum opened in 2010 in the heart of the old European-American section of Washington.
Follow Missouri Germans as we kick off summer with a Road Trip! Join us as we tour the U.S. in search of more German Heritage! We’ve teamed up with Missouri Immigrant and Refugees Advocate (MIRA) leader Joan Suarez and are heading east, back to the coast, where many of our German ancestors, refugees and immigrants to the U.S. began their journey to Missouri!