Missouri has deep German roots throughout the state. Our German Heritage program focuses on preserving the history of German immigrants and settlements through archiving and digitizing records, and educating the public on German-Missourian history. 

Our hope is to connect German-Missourians to the past while providing opportunities to preserve Missouri’s German heritage for future generations to come. 

St. Louis-Stuttgart Oral History Project

We are excited to partner with St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities and the City of Stuttgart, Germany on an upcoming oral history project. The goal of the project is to collect oral histories from Germans and Missourians alike who have a connection to St. Louis’s German sister city, Stuttgart, including (but not limited to) people who have immigrated from Stuttgart, St. Louisans/Missourians who have visited Stuttgart, and members of the military who perhaps were stationed there. The goal of the project is to put together a narrative about the long history of the relationship between two cities, and to explore the connections people have with them. If you have a connection to Stuttgart and wish to tell your story, we’d love to hear from you! 

Explore Missouri’s German Heritage 

We have spent the last several years forming partnerships and developing programming dedicated to commemorating and interpreting Missouri’s rich German cultural heritage. In 2019, Missouri Humanities partnered with Missouri Life Publishing to create a “book-a-zine” exploring the many facets of “Germanness” in our state: Explore Missouri’s German Heritage. Authored by Dr. W. Arthur Mehrhoff, the publication serves as both a travel guide and coffee table book. Click the link below to watch the chapter discussions, listen to the podcast version, and/or purchase your copy of the book. 

Missouri 2021 Bicentennial: German Heritage Corridor Challenge 

Missouri experienced one of the largest influxes of German immigrants in American history. For every census from 1850 to 1990, Germans were the leading immigrants to the state of Missouri, and to this day, German is the number one claimed ancestry in the state. 

Click the link below to find the German Heritage Corridor Challenge that will take you throughout Missouri to explore and learn. A guide is provided for each challenge. Once you have completed a challenge, submit your photographs to receive your merit badge button. Share your photographs on social media using the hashtag #MOExplorers!

Digitizing Missouri’s German Heritage

We partner with local officials and heritage organizations throughout the state of Missouri to provide “Digitizing Missouri’s German Heritage” events. During these events, members of the community have the opportunity to register their artifacts, documents, and stories to have digitized for future generations. 

Hamburg: Heritage, Resilience, Compliance

Hamburg, Missouri was a small but thriving community founded by German immigrants in the mid-1800s. In 1940, the War Department notified the residents, the majority of which were still of German descent, that their town would be demolished for the construction of a TNT plant to assist in the war effort. 

Very little remains of Hamburg, but the memories are still vivid. We strive to capture these stories, and are excited to be partnering with Missouri Life to produce “Hamburg: Heritage, Resilience, Compliance.” Check back for a premiere date coming soon!