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Southside Sketches: Essays on Jefferson City's Old Munichburg

Presented by:
Walter Schroeder

Publish Date:
January 12, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Presentation Length:
1 hour 10 minutes 23 seconds (1:10:23)

Walter Schroeder speaking about his book, Southside Sketches: Essays on Jefferson City’s Old Munichburg. 

The Office of the Secretary of State and the Missouri State Archives hosted this program exploring Jefferson City’s German heritage on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Immigrants from Bavarian Munchberg began settling the south side of Jefferson City in the 1840s, giving the area its original name, “Munichburg.” By 1890, it was a vigorous, self-contained ethnic community within Jefferson City, with inhabitants originating from across modern day Germany. After the turn of the 20th century, however, German influence waned, and the neighborhood eventually became known as the “Southside.” Former resident Walter Schroeder recently released Southside Sketches, a collection of 50 short essays on the neighborhood’s past. Based largely on oral histories and personal memories, topics include businesses, the environment, notable individuals, religion and holidays. Join us as Schroeder provides context to the standard history of the neighborhood by revealing forgotten events and unusual experiences of living in Jefferson City’s German-settled Southside.


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