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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Program on German Life in 19th Century Missouri
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced his office will host a program exploring German life in 19th century Missouri. Focusing on the writings of German migrant and Missourian Gert Goebel, the program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. John Brenner, editor of the Missouri Historical Review, will lead the discussion about Goebel’s translated writings, Longer than a Man’s Lifetime in Missouri.
Gert Goebel arrived in Franklin County in 1834, an 18-year-old caught up in the early stages of an immigration wave that eventually brought more than 100,000 Germans to the state. Four decades later, Goebel drew from his experiences as a farmer, hunter, surveyor and state legislator to write a vivid memoir describing German settlement, politics and Civil War events within Missouri. First published in German in 1877, Goebel’s narrative is seen as a significant record of 19th century Missouri history.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker at (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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