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January Zeitung

Newsletter for January 2019

When a small book by a German named Gottfried Duden, A Report on a Journey” was published in 1829 it was an instant best seller. In the decade that followed, approximately over forty thousand Germans would immigrate to Missouri, many of which were inspired by Duden. Arnold Krekel, had come to Missouri in 1832, one of the first Germans to encounter a State where the “peculiar institution” of slavery was practiced. He had grown up in a country, ruled by monarchs where there was no room for “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” yet embraced his new homeland. He would spend the rest of his life working for the education, justice, and freedom for all in the land where his mentor Friedrich Muench said “the sun of freedom shines” known as the great State of Missouri.

THE FACE OF LOVE

Missouri Germans Consortium [https://mo-germans.com/], in collaboration with Gitana Productions’ will present the “The Face of Love” symposium which will explore and celebrate the remarkable shared history of African Americans and German immigrants in their quest for freedom, and the abolition of slavery in Missouri. With the Symposium on the Common History of German and African Americans, historians, community leaders and artists will come together to discuss the shared African American and Missouri German history on Saturday, February 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the German Cultural Society’s Jefferson Hall at 3652 S. Jefferson Avenue. This event is free to the public. Please register at http://www.gitana-inc.org/


Germans came to America in the 1800s seeking freedom from oppression in Prussia. Remarkably, many German immigrants in Missouri also fought to free oppressed African Americans. Using the lens of history, the symposium will bring to life what it means to strive for social justice for “others” while also advocating for one’s own cultural group.
The rich and shared history between Germans and African Americans in St. Louis isn’t widely known and we want to change that,” said Cecilia Nadal, executive director of Gitana Productions. “Many German immigrants, who often spoke no English, recognized that the hope for a growing democracy in America could only be realized if slavery was abolished. Often threatened and even run out of town by Missouri slaveholders, these men and women even started newspapers to spread their ideals for a color-blind democracy.
The symposium also will explore the challenges created by contradictions in values and belief systems. While many German immigrants who settled in the Midwest before and after the Civil War staunchly defended freedom for slaves, some chose to set aside those values to survive. Those tensions, with roots in the past, continue today within many American cultural groups. KETC-TV “Living St. Louis” producer and reporter Ruth Ezell will moderate the symposium, with special guests Colonel John Hayden, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Police Commissioner, and Herbert Quelle, German Consul General.

Speakers include:
● Dr. Sydney Norton, assistant professor of German Studies at Saint Louis University and author of German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri
● Dorris Keeven-Franke, executive director of Missouri Germans Consortium and author of Missouri – Where the Sun of Freedom Shines in “Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America”
● Dr. John W. Wright, author of Discovering African American St. Louis – A Guide to Historic Sites
● Rev. Starsky Wilson, CEO and president of the Deaconess Foundation and social activist appointed in 2014 by Governor Jay Nixon to head the Ferguson Commission

Entertainment will be provided by the local German and African American communities. In June, Gitana Productions also will present a provocative original play inspired by the amazing stories of remarkable German immigrants who became leading abolitionists in Missouri. The performances will be held Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 at Kranzberg Art Center.


For more information, visit www.gitana-inc.org or contact info@gitana-inc.org or 314-721-6556. Partial funding and support for Gitana Productions are provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council. Additional co-sponsors include Saint Louis University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the African American Studies Program.

ABOUT GITANA PRODUCTIONS
Gitana Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural awareness and collaboration using music, dance and drama in the St. Louis region. Gitana events present a rarely seen diversity of international and local artists exhibiting an array of traditional and innovative artistic expressions. Gitana also developed Global Education through the Arts, a community project that uses the arts to promote intercultural competence between youth of diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit http://www.gitana-inc.org or contact Gitana Productions at (314) 721-6556.

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Die Zeitung: October Newsletter

Zeitung

October 3, 2016

October is the month when you can almost find an Oktoberfest around every corner. Here are some other events happening in Missouri that you may also find interesting!  We hope that you are able to attend some of these very interesting programs. Don’t forget to look for Missouri Germans when you do!

October 3rd, 2016  Day of German Unity! A National holiday in Germany, with 2016 being the 26th Anniversary.

October 5, 2016 Wednesday– 7pm- St. Charles County German Heritage Society – Stegton Regency  Banquet Center (1450 Wall Street) Speaker Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the German Heritage Corridor – an initiative of the Missouri Humanities Council.  Keeven-Franke will explain the history of the corridor and what the plans for the future are.

October 6, 2016German-American Day is a National holiday in the U.S. observed annually on October 6 each year,   which celebrates the German-American heritage. This day commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia.  Those families subsequently founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlement and organized the 1st petition in the colonies to abolish slavery in 1688. Originally just “German Day”, the holiday was celebrated for the first time in Philadelphia in 1883, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers from Krefeld; and similar celebrations developed across the country.The custom died out during World War due to the anti-German hysteria that prevailed at the time.  The custom was revived in 1983, when President Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German-American immigration and culture to the United States.

October 8, 2016 Saturday – 7:30 pm Deutscher Mannerchor Annual Fall Concert and Dance St. Louis German Cultural Society Hall 3652 Jefferson Dance music by the Wendl Band.

October 15 & 16, 2016 Saturday and Sunday – 9am-5pm  Deutsch Country Days A Living History Weekend at the Historic Luxenhaus Farm on 18055 State Hwy O. This is the 35th year that the Luxenhaus Farm has come to life, sharing the folkways and skills of the early Germans in Missouri. Spend a beautiful autumn weekend visiting with artisans from across the country that come together to share the story of our early German immigrants and pioneers. This is a wonderful educational event for the entire family. Some demonstrators do have their beautiful handcrafted items for sale as well so you can begin your Christmas shopping too – with items we guarantee you won’t find online! Visit with Oma (Grandma) Huber (Dorris Keeven-Franke) on her front porch as she shares the history of these early Germans, and to learn more about the Luxenhaus farm and its fascinating history. For more information visit www.deutschcountrydays.org or call 636-433-5669.

 October 27, 2016 Thursday 6:30 pm – Maplewood Public Library – 7550 Lohmeyer Maplewood, Mo. 63143 314-781-2174 http://www.maplewood.lib.mo.us Exploring Missouri’s German Heritage: Stories from the German Heritage Corridor  From the first Germans to follow Gottfried Duden, and the German Abolitionist Muench family to the traditions and customs that enrich our communities today, Missouri’s largest ethnic group celebrates its history. Hear the stories of those that came, like Minna Bock Morsey. Minna came to Missouri in 1834, after her father the Baron von Bock founded Dutzow in 1832, the first German settlement in Missouri. She married Col. Fredrick Morsey, who guarded the Missouri railroad during  the Civil War. Thousands of Germans worked to save Missouri from the Confederates and keep it for the Union. To download a PDF click on this link:  german-heritage-corridor-program-flyer-october-2016-1

October 30, 2016 Sunday – 2pm – Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium – Refugee Resettlement: Best Practices in St. Louis and Germany

Experts from Germany and St. Louis have been participating in an exchange to learn from each other about successful refugee resettlement and immigration integration. Attend this town hall meeting for presentations and roundtable discussions with Dr. Yemi Akande-Bartsch, president of FOCUS St. Louis; Betsy Cohen, executive director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project; Anna Crosslin, president of the International Institute of St. Louis; and Dr. Frances Levine, president of the Missouri Historical Society. This is program is presented in partnership with the International Institute of St. Louis and the Mosaic Project. Download a PDF refugeeresettlement_oct_pdf_90697

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