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Missouri Germans Consortium

We are a free online International association of everything German in Missouri, for those interested in the German heritage of Missouri. Our mission is to partner with other organizations such as ours, preserve the culture, educate on the history, promote with programs and projects, while providing an open forum for everyone to come together. Are you a Missouri German?  Anyone can be!


We support the Missouri Humanities Council initiative called the German Heritage Corridor of Missouri and other such projects every year who work to keep our German heritage alive!  We applaud the Missouri Humanities Council’s huge endeavor because Missouri is definitely one of the most “German” States in America! Like us on Facebook for up to the minute information https://www.facebook.com/mo.germans/

We also partner with several other like minded organizations, universities, museums, and individuals around the world, and across the U.S. and Germany to bring our story alive. Online we share everything from history to current events, provide programming, resources, focus groups, tours and more. With friends in 24 countries, we can provide assistance and partnership in Missouri’s German heritage everywhere.

Anyone can be a Missouri German! For free you can follow our blog and receive our newsletter. Or get involved and join us at any event or program listed in the Consortium’s Events calendar! Like us on Facebook and follow our up to the minute posts https://www.facebook.com/mo.germans/ For those who want more they can subscribe to our quarterly e-journal Der Anzeiger which is filled with photos and

April 1, 2015 Vol. 1 Issue 2
April 1, 2015 Vol. 1 Issue 2

stories of Missouri’s historic German past. Der Anzeiger also includes everything from German recipes, travel and tourism, to helpful information for those researching their ancestors and tracking them back to Germany.

Follow us on Facebook and if you are a descendant of a member of the Giessen Emigration Society we invite you to  join us on our Focus Group page.  Missouri Germans Consortium has online focus groups, such as the descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society which shares in an online digital research library. By locating descendants of the original 500+ members of the 1834 emigration society, we provided materials and partnership with the Traveling Summer Republic in Germany for their exhibition: Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America, from Giessen, Germany.

We are open 24/7, where the parking is always free and there are no rules or lockers necessary for researchers. Executive Director Dorris Keeven-Franke, can be reached by email at missourigermans@gmail.com


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

Continue reading Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America


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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.

ZeitungOur Missouri Germans Consortium newsletter is free and shares all of the latest news of everything German in Missouri!

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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