Stories you need to know…

My passion is sharing history! I love telling the difficult stories. I enjoy helping people connect with their heritage, their culture, and the history of the places we live. Everyone has a story, and every place has a story. Its’ when those stories come to life, that we give a voice to the people and the times and the places that they lived. Whether its’ found in a cemetery, a courthouse, or a cabin in the woods, there is a story of the people that were there. In order to preserve these stories we must share them, they will not be forgotten. Whether the story is a German emigrant who becomes an abolitionist, or a slave who is an American hero,  these are the stories that bring meaning to the communities we live in, and help us understand our past. Helping our young people to know their ancestors and the stories of their lives, creates a better tomorrow for everyone. Here are some of my other blogs that have a special story of their own …

Sharing the story of Archer Alexander

Sharing Missouri’s German heritage is the mission of the Missouri Germans Consortium

Sharing the history of St. Charles County which began 250 years ago

Sharing the stories of African Americans buried at Sage Chapel Cemetery

Dorris Keeven-Franke is an award-winning author that has been writing Missouri history for thirty years. As a public historian she also shares through public programs either virtually or in person. She is Head Archivist at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. She is Executive Director of the Missouri Germans Consortium and is a professional genealogist. Here is more of her background…

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