No other immigrant group has had a greater influence on Missouri than the Germans. They swarmed into St. Louis and then followed the Missouri River westward in the early 1800s, finding in our rolling hills and broad valleys a beautiful country that reminded them of their beloved homeland in the Old World.
This book is your personal tour guide into that unique heritage. It includes rare archival materials as well as places you can visit today to help you explore that history or let you sample their culture and influence upon our state’s development, including their bedrock antislavery principles and support of the Union, their industrious work ethic and craftsmanship that shaped so much of our built environment, and a talent for fun that germinated so many breweries, wineries, bandstands, and other treasured aspects of our culture.
About the Author
W. Arthur Mehrhoff recently retired after eleven years as the academic coordinator for the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He taught American cultural studies at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota from 1988 to 2003 and at University College of Washington University in St. Louis from 2004 to 2006. He also worked (1986-87) as a museum educator at the Gateway Arch National Park from 1986 to 1987. He has written three books and is currently working with Missouri Life magazine on one about Missouri’s German cultural heritage.
Published by Missouri Life, 2016. Paperback, 168 pages.