"Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America" looks at the Giessen Emigration Society, formed in 1833 by fellow university students, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius. They organized a group of emigrants that came to Missouri to establish a German State, and settled near Washington, MO. Packing crates are used to display objects and tell the story of these immigrants and their descendants.
"Missouri Immigrant Experience" uses photography to look at immigrants to the St. Louis area past and present, from the Italian people who settled on The Hill to the Mexican community that revitalized Cherokee Street. Visitors are invited to take a citizenship test to see if they would pass.
Several upcoming events at the Museum will highlight these exhibits, and give families an opportunity to learn more about immigration to our area and the experiences of people who traveled so far to make St. Louis their new home.
Multicultural Family Fun Day
Saturday, Feb. 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Explore the special exhibit "Missouri Immigrant Experience" and enjoy a day of interactive learning. Families can listen to stories about people around the world, learn a few basic phrases in different languages, make traditional art, hear live music, and go on a scavenger hunt.
A Place to Call Home
Saturday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 28
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Join the Teens Make History Exhibitors for a game of discovery about immigration experiences past and present. Pick up the identity of a St. Louis immigrant in the MacDermott Grand Hall and then uncover your immigrant's story at activity stations throughout the "Utopia" and "Missouri Immigrant Experience" exhibits.
The Tandem Guides from Bremen, Germany
Saturday, February 21
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Join this group of teenagers who work with the organizers of the "Utopia" exhibit, as they bring a fresh approach to the subject of emigration and share their own views of utopia today.
"Muss i den" (Must I Leave)
Saturdays through April 19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bring a personal object that you are willing to donate for "adoption" by someone living in Germany. Visit the "Muss i den" (Must I Leave) desk located in the "Utopia"exhibition, book the travel for your memento, and experience the power of saying goodbye. The person or people in Germany who adopt your object will be encouraged to write you a letter once it arrives.
History happens at Missouri History Museum. Learn about special exhibits, events and other activities at the museum.
To people of all ages and backgrounds, the Missouri History Museum is a leading cultural institution and community resource that offers exhibitions, programming and collections to explore the history of the region in order to better understand the world we live in and build a stronger community for the future.
The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Missouri History Museum was originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, preceding the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. by more than 25 years. The museum now features special exhibits and St. Louis history galleries with interactive stations for children throughout.
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