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Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

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Missouri Germans News

Missouri Germans News – March 10, 2015

  • Gottfried Duden
  • Utopia
  • Der Anzeiger

Gottfried Duden will be a program by Dorris DKFKeeven-Franke, at 2:30 pm on March 15, 2015 at the Missouri History Museum. She is currently finishing the biography, to be published later this year, of the German who authored A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America, and opened the floodgates on German immigration to Missouri.

Here is a calendar of all of the events for the closing of the exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. The exhibit will close on April 19, 2015 and travels back to Germany. Don’t miss it!

April 15,16, & 17, 2015 Wednesday – Friday: Folker cropped-old_lorry_folker-winkelmann.jpgWinkelmann – Utopia’s photographer will be in the gallery from 10am – 5pm to discuss his photography and give tours (auf Deutsch) of the Utopia exhibit.

April 18, 2015  Saturday – Closing Weekend for Utopia at MHM

  • 10am to 5pm –   Muss i denn desk in the UTOPIA GALLERY will be open.  Your last chance to place an object for permanent relocation to Germany!
  • 11:00am  –  Presentation with comments by Immigrant exhibit photographers. Schnucks Classroom
  • 12:00 noon – Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

    Documentary by Maxim films showing – Lee Auditorium

  • 2:30pm –Can we stay or should we go? Why they left to find Utopia A presentation by Dr. Ludwig Brake, city archivist of Giessen and academic director of the Utopia exhibit. Lee Auditorium. What made the Giessen Emigration Society leave their countries in 1834? On the traces of Paul Follenius and Friedrich Muench we follow the development in the small German state of Hesse Darmstadt. They often asked themselves, how long shall we put up with despotism and mismanagement. In the early 1830ies they finally had had enough. They decided to leave the country for a better life in a new German state in the USA to seek their utopia.
  • Discovery Tour – A City of Immigrants  Call 314-361-9017 9am-3pm for a tour of St. Louis landmarks by the Missouri History Museum.
  • 7:00 pm  Blumenhoff Vineyards and Winery  Auf BlumenhofWiedersehen  Farewell party for the Traveling Summer Republic team.  Join us for an evening of wine and song, as we share memories of the last five years. Join up with fellow descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society and hear their stories as well. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, April 19 – Closing Weekend 

  • 10am to 5pm – Muss i denn desk in the UTOPIA GALLERY will be open.
  • 11:30am – Author Rolf Schmidt; Selected Readings from his work The Move with Autumn Franke in the Lee Auditorium
  • 1:00pm – Adam Arenson, Citizenship and Civil War: Germans in St. Louis. AT&T
  • 2:30pm – Julia Muench, Piano Concert for an Epic German
    Julia Muench
    Julia Muench

    Emigration Story. Lee Auditorium

  • 3:45/4pm –  MIRA presents Utopia Team with The Missouri Immigrant Experience Commemorative Art Poster . Lee Auditorium
  • 4:15pm –  The Unconditioned – fictional movie about German radical student groups in the early 1800s. Lee Auditorium
DER ANZEIGER  There are a few weeks left to subscribe to Missouri Germans’ e-journal and receive a 20% introductory discount.  The April 1st issue will have articles on the German settlement of Hermann, Missouri, and the German language. How to track your German ancestors to the Homeland, will be a continuing series with information on Heritage tours and sources in Germany. With many more interesting stories, photographs,and  recipes you won’t want to miss this next issue!

Documentary Premiere

Grand opening Giessen_01.11.13_IMG_7104 WinkelmannOn Sunday, November 23, 2014 the documentary Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America will have its U.S. Premiere at 3:00 p.m. in the AT&T Theatre in the Missouri History Museum. The film which accompanies the exhibit by the same name is part of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is one of the largest international film festivals in the Midwest. Last year’s festival was held Nov. 14-24, 2013. The 23rd annual festival will be held November 13-23, 2014.

The documentary by film producer Peter Roloff of maxim Films, from Berlin, Germany, tells the story of the Giessen Emigration Society’s attempt to found a German State in America in 1834. It follows the Traveling Summer Republic of Bremen Germany’s journey to learn more about what became of this huge group of emigrants,includes many interesting interviews and scenes of actual locations. The story, one of local history for both Germany and the U.S., is told and can be enjoyed by both German and English speaking viewers.

The film accompanies the exhibit Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America which opens at the Missouri History Museum on November 22, 2014.