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Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America
Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America
Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America

In 1833, two university students from Giessen, Germany, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius, decided to immigrate to America and settle in the west. They wanted to create a German “utopia” in Missouri, and they recruited others to join them by distributing throughout Germany a promotional pamphlet detailing their ambitious plans. The resulting participants spanned various religions, cities, and villages throughout the country and called themselves the Giessen Emigration Society. By July of 1934, each member of the original society had settled along the Missouri River, forming a vibrant German segment of the state whose cultural footprint can still be seen and felt today.

In the bilingual book Utopia, this remarkable story is brought to life through more than 200 historic photographs and documents and contributions from both Americans and Germans. The book accompanies a traveling exhibit that will begin in Germany and travel to the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, DC, and then to the Missouri History Museum, following the path of the Germans who immigrated to America so many years before. Utopia serves as both an exhibit catalog as well as historical narrative telling the story of the Giessen Emigration Society and their plan to found a German state in America.

Distributed by the Missouri History Museum Press for Edition Falkenberg.

2013
Bilingual: English and German
352 pages
233 color plates and halftones
ISBN: 978-3-954945-95-5, $27.95, cloth
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