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Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America

On November 23, 2014,  the exhibition Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America opened at the Missouri History Museum, bringing the fascinating story of the Giessen Emigration Society full circle and back to the United States.

Today one can relive the story by visiting  the site maxim film and enjoying free films and video on demand.  Or you can still purchase the beautiful book that accompanied the Exhibition at Amazon.com and give a Christmas gift they will never forget.

In 1834, over 500 Germans joined co-founders Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius in their attempt to found a German State in America. They fled horrific conditions in Germany, based on a book by a fellow German Gottfried Duden who described a place so wonderful, it was considered a fairy tale never never land. They came from all walks of

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Missouri Germans Consortium is going on a Summer Road Trip!  Join us as we discover Missouri’s German Heritage and help Missouri Humanities Council with their new initiative – the German Heritage Corridor – across Missouri! Follow our blog as we share the German people, places and history of Missouri and bring it to you!  For more on this new initiative read our latest post... Don’t forget to follow as we share our new discoveries.

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ExhibittitleOn Sunday, June 28, at 2pm the Missouri Germans Consortium has been invited to share the story of THE GERMAN HERITAGE OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY in conjunction with Frenchtown Heritage Museum’s (1121 North Second Street, St. Charles, MO 63301) newest exhibit from the St. Charles County German Heritage Club.

bustourOn Sunday, July 12Missouri Germans Consortium members the St. Louis Stuttgart Sister Cities Intl., and the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis are sponsoring a great summer Bus Tour! Be a German emigrant for a day, and visit the German Heritage along the Missouri River from Hamburg to Hermann. Which would be the destination you would have chosen! Take in a winery, enjoy the Missouri River scenery, there is something for everyone. Lunch is included, $40 per person call Dorris at 636-221-1524 today!  For more information…


The best tour of Germany!!!! German Heritage Travel is inviting everyone to reconnect with their German heritage and the Dawn of Utopia. Missouri Germans Consortium will share the Germany that members of the Giessen Emigration Society left and the Germany

The parish church of Pastor Friedrich Muench in Nieder Gemünden by photographer ©Folker Winkelmann
The parish church of Pastor Friedrich Muench in Nieder Gemünden by photographer ©Folker Winkelmann

of today. This trip is special designed for youUTOPIAlogo as it will visit the sites and locations associated with both groups! To book your tour go to  German Heritage Travel  on the web  at http://germanheritage.travel/index.php/en/tours/dawn-of-utopia  or call  571-358-8089 or email info@germanheritage.travel OR call 636-221-1524 or email missourigermans@gmail.com if you need help.Contact us today as the tour is limited! Use contact box below or here for more information…

BlogAnzeigerAre you missing Der Anzeiger?  Missouri Germans Consortium’s  quarterly online publication carries interesting and in depth articles on Missouri’s German emigrants – the history, the lives and stories- with photos. Der Anzeiger brings us full narrative, and help us to understand our ancestors and their world.  Subscription is only $25 per year.  Read our Premiere issue DerAnzeiger or subscribe….

Are you a descendant of a Giessen Emigration Society member? The Giessen Emigration Society has the list of the members and the

Friedrich Muench 1799-1881
Friedrich Muench 1799-1881

original manuscript ship lists. We have begun adding bios of the members and co-founder Friedrich Muench is the first. If you would like to share the bio of your emigrant ancestor that would be great! Only together can we share the entire story.

Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.
Photograph of the descendants of Giessen Emigration Society members taken in the Utopia Exhibit on April 19, 2015 by Folker Winklemann.

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Group picture of the Descendants

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 this group photo!

I just received this photograph from our busy and talented photographer Folker Winkelmann of the descendants who were at the closing of the Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America exhibition when it closed on Sunday, April 19th at the Missouri History Museum. Thank you Folker!  I have several announcements and news to share with the Descendant families, which will I will  post by Friday, June 12!

I see several generations of descendants of Freymuth, Arens, Stahlschmidt, Kunze, Follenius, Muench, Schone, Molitor, Ruter, to name a few!

By  Folker Winkelmann
By Folker Winkelmann