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Five hundred people left their homeland together, in order to live together in their Utopia. They came from all over Germany, all led by that one idea. The Giessen Emigration Society crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1834 to found a model democratic German State in the United States, what later became a State of Germans in Missouri. This exhibition tells the amazing story of these early immigrants, what they thought, the challenges they faced, and the nativism they endured. It shares the history of the Society founder, Friedrich Muench, and his work as a writer and as a statesman, to continue the Society’s original effort. It explores the impact that the Germans had on Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War and their anti-slavery movement. Visitors not only become involved in what these early emigrants faced, but also in what it means to be an immigrant in the United States today.
Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America Guided Tours
Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. (beginning January 6, 2015) join guest curator Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director of the Missouri German Consortium, for a FREE guided tour of Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America. The 30-minute tour will offer perspectives on the Giessen Emigration Society as well as the fascinating details on the development of an international exhibition. Please meet at the entrance to the exhibition 5 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Organized by Municipality of Giessen in co-operation with Traveling Summer Republic. Co-Organized by Cultural Church St. Stephen, Bremen, German-American Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. and the Missouri History Museum.