Some stories are difficult to tell… but they must be heard, and never forgotten
An award-winning writer, public historian, archivist and professional genealogist, she provides listeners with a wide array of fascinating and well-documented stories that allows them to personally connect with their own history.
Archer Alexander – The Untold Story of an American Hero shares the life of an enslaved man brought from Virginia, who reports on his Missouri owner’s treasonous work to destroy a vital military link, and has to flee in order to escape lynching. Using the network to freedom known as the Underground Railroad, he makes his way to St. Louis, where he is taken into the home of William Greenleaf Eliot, the founder of Washington University and a Unitarian minister. Archer later became the face of freedom on the Emancipation Monument in Washington, D.C. This true story shares many original documents that are for mature audiences.
A Network of Friends – Germans began immigrating during the 1830s after Missouri had entered the Union as a slave state in 1821. Fleeing oppression and revolutions in their former homeland, their anti-slavery views were the impetus for Missouri’s conflicts during the Civil War. This well-documented program shares a history that explains the friendships that were created between African Americans and German immigrants. Many would maintain “stations” of refuge, or provide assistance to those African Americans in pursuit of their freedom. Maintaining the perspective of that difficult time, the laws regarding slavery and the nativism movement are shared and discussed in depth. With several first hand accounts, this cross cultural program furthers a difficult discussion and may lead to a better understanding of the relationship between German Americans and African Americans.
Missouri: Where the Sun of Freedom Shines – Germans began immigrating to Missouri in 1830 following the publication of Gottfried Duden’s Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America. Large immigration societies would fill the Missouri River valley during the following decades. With the wave of immigrants following the German Revolutions of 1848 came the future Union soldiers that would change our nation’s history. This program will help listeners understand the important role our German ancestor’s played in Missouri’s history during the 19th Century.
Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America – The story of the Giessen Emigration Society of 1834 and its founder Friedrich Muench. The group of over 500 German emigrants came from all religions and all walks of life, and all over Germany, and founded several settlements all across Missouri. Who were the German immigrants of the 1830s and why they came to Missouri is discussed in this program that explains what it was like to be a German immigrant in the early 19th Century. As a professional genealogist, this program shares the connections made with many of the descendants of these immigrants . Also shared is the research that led to the 2013 International traveling exhibition by the same name.
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