Tuesday, September 27, 2016
German Heritage Celebration Event
James W. Rennick Riverfront Park
1 Elbert Dr., Washington, MO 63090
Social hour begins at 5:30pm
Program begins at 6:00pm
Come join the Missouri Humanities Council and the City of Washington in celebrating Missouri’s history on Tuesday, September 27th. The event will begin with a social hour followed by a short program highlighting the significance of the Missouri German Heritage Corridor and the impact of German migration on the state of Missouri. Light food and refreshments will be served.
The newest initiative of the Missouri Humanities Council spans dozens of counties and hundreds of cities, towns, and other municipalities. Working collaboratively with local governments, cultural organizations, and other community leaders, we’ll be working to shine a spotlight on Missouri’s most treasured heritage sites. Whether its your local drive-in from an era gone by, a general store still going strong after a century, or some other feature, we’d like to showcase it.
Our first project is to map Missouri’s German heritage which established towns like Affton, named after Johann Aff, near St. Louis and Hermann, which is known for its wineries and B&Bs. German immigrants and culture spread from St. Louis in the east along the Missouri River westward nearly to Kansas City proper. The communities and heritage sites along the route offer a unique perspective on life in Missouri both past and present and we hope illuminating those stories will help educate Missourians on their heritage while also bringing tourism dollars to help support Missouri’s main streets.
Thank you for your support of the German Heritage Corridor!
On July 1st, 2016 Governor Nixon signed HB 1851 into law, designating 16 counties along the Missouri River, which follow the settlement of thousands of Germans in the state of Missouri, the Missouri German Heritage Corridor. We look forward to celebrating this endeavor on August 10, 2016 in Jefferson City. Additional details coming soon!