2017 Common Heritage Grant Recipient!
The Missouri Humanities Council is proud to announce that it was recently awarded a Common Heritage Grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund a program to digitize publically-held artifacts, documents, and photographs related to Missouri’s German Heritage. Inspired by Gottfried Duden’s Report of a Journey to the Western States of North America, which compares the beauty of the Missouri River Valley to that of the Rhine in Germany, a steady migration of Germanic peoples came to Missouri beginning in the late 1820s. With its striking resemblance to the landscape of their homeland, these immigrants affectionately designated the area Duden describes the “Missouri Rhineland.”
The population of Germans in Missouri climbed as war and economic despair spread throughout Germany in 1848, and this number continued to rise into the 20th century. To this day, the communities in the Corridor maintain majority German populations. Photos, heirlooms, and documents collected by these families will be the focus of a digitization event in Hermann, Missouri in the Summer of 2018. The digitization of these items will 1) increase our understanding of the effects of German Immigration into this region; 2) allow for the public to share their stories with each other; and 3) preserve them for later generations. We hope this event inspires the community to feel a stronger connection through a common German heritage. For more information on this program or the German Heritage Corridor, contact Caitlin Yager at email@example.com.
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!