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Friedrich Muench

From German Revolutionary to Missouri Statesman

Dorris Keeven-Franke  April 14, 2011

Never one to shirk his duty, no matter how difficult, Friedrich Muench, Chairman of the select committee on the establishment of an Invalid Asylum, somberly addressed the Senate Chamber on February 6, 1864, “We would be unworthy the services rendered by our brave soldiers for the rescue of our country, if we would fail to provide for the welfare of those who were disabled in its defense.” Then continued, “On the other hand, it is our painful duty to take into consideration the financial condition of our down-trodden State… Should Congress, as we hope and have a right to expect, refund our expenses for the services of our militia, then we will have the necessary means to establish a home for our disabled soldiers.”(1) 2,533 more words


Where Missouri’s German settlement began

A Brief history of Dutzow
The question is often asked, how did Missouri become so “German”? Much of the credit goes to a young 30 year-old German attorney named… 766 more words

Utopia - Revisiting A German State in America: Closing

On November 1, 2014, in Giessen, Germany the Utopia exhibit opened amid a great response and a welcome from the

City’s Mayor. Since then, it has traveled thousands of miles, through Bremen Germany, to Washington, D.C. 429 more words


The Spring Issue of Der Anzeiger is out!

The new spring issue of Missouri German Consortium‘s quarterly e-journal Der Anzeiger is available!  We rolled out the first issue on January 1st, 2015 and in case you missed it, that issue you can download it for… 269 more words
Giessen Emigration Society

The Giessen Society's Descendants

An unusual genealogy project has evolved out of my work with the Traveling Summer Republic for the exhibit, Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America… 718 more words


Week 15

For this weeks assignment we had to use lighting effect to create a holiday card for the University of Florida or for a University of Florida college or organization.  180 more words

Upcoming Event

The Giessen Emigration Society in St. Charles County

In the summer of 1834, over five hundred Germans came to Missouri, the land of freedom and opportunity, from all walks of life and all over Germany. 195 more words