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2013 Giessen
2014 Bremen
2014 Washington, D.C.
2015 St. Louis, Missouri


  Documentary
“Utopia“
90 minutes, English/German
Directed by Peter Roloff
Editor: Manfred Hielscher
Music: André Feldhaus
Produced by maxim film Bremen/Berlin

An English Double DVD with six bonus videos is available in the US at
Deutschheim State Historic Site, Hermann, Missouri

     

  Accompanying book
Utopia – Revisiting a German State in America
Edited by Traveling Summer Republic and City Archives of Giessen
Edition Falkenberg, Bremen 2013

The story of the Giessen Emigration Society told by Ludwig Brake, Dorris Keeven-Franke, Walter D. Kamphoefner, Rolf Schmidt, Kilian Spiethoff and others; photography by Folker Winkelmann.
Paperback: English/German / 352 pages / 233 color plates and halftones
Available in the U.S. through
The University of Chicago Press
1-800-621-2736 (US & Canada)    
Email:  custserv@press.uchicago.edu
Price: $27.50 USD & 5.00 S&H
ISBN-10: 3954945959
ISBN-13: 978-3954945955

The story of the Giessen Emigration Society told by Ludwig Brake, Dorris Keeven-Franke, Walter D. Kamphoefner, Rolf Schmidt, Kilian Spiethoff and others; photography by Folker Winkelmann.
356 pages, English/German, full color
   


  Exercise book for secondary schools
“Stay or Leave – The Giessen Emigration Society”
Published by Rita Rohrbach, Giessen 2013

Soon available here as free download in English and German
A printed German version is available for Euros 3.00 at the Gießen Tourist-Information.
     

  Paul Follenius und Friedrich Muench
“Call and Declaration on the subject of mass emigration from Germany to the North American free states”
The Call for founding the Giessen Emigration Society, first published in 1833.
Translated by Stephen Rowan

52 pages, English/German, b&w, 2013
US$ 10.00 plus postage US$ 5.00
Order from Dorris Keeven-Franke:
dorris.keevenfranke@gmail.com
   



 

1st part of the novel trilogy by Rolf Schmidt:
Die Aufforderung
More than five hundred Hessians, Saxonians and Thuringians became members of the Giessen Emigration Society in 1833/4. Their aim was to found a democratic Germany in America. “The Call”, first part of Rolf Schmidt’s novel trilogy on the Giessen Emigration Society, follows their lives, along historical reports, letters and diaries. The novel focuses on the Follenius family from Giessen and the Münch family from Nieder-Gemünden in Hesse, Germany. It was a painful process to cut the ties to the old homeland. Doubts, illnesses and sufferings accompanied their journey to the port of Bremerhaven.


239 pages Euros 14.80,
Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg 2017
ISBN 978-3-7308-1391-1
Available in German language only

   


  2nd part of the novel trilogy by Rolf Schmidt:
„Warten auf die Flut – ein historischer Harriersand-Roman“

Rolf Schmidt tells in his novel “Waiting for the Tide” the stay of 250 emigrants on the remote Harriersand island, located on the Weser River between Bremen and Bremerhaven, in 1834.

180 pages, Euros 12.80
Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg 2008
ISBN 978-3-89995-569-9
Available in German language only


 


 

3rd part of the novel trilogy by Rolf Schmidt:
„Der Auszug – Von der Weser zum Missouri“
„The Move – From the Weser River to Missouri“ is Rolf Schmidt’s continuation of his adventurous novel about the Giessen Emigration Society.

280 pages, Euros 14.80
Isensee-Verlag, Oldenburg 2013
ISBN 978-3-89995-982-6
Available in German language only

   


  Gert Goebel
“Longer than a  Man’s Lifetime in Missouri“
Gert Goebel, member of the Giessen Emigration Society, published his memoirs in German in 1877. This translation by Adolf E. Schroeder and Elsa Louise Nagel, annotated and with an Introduction by Schroeder and coeditor Walter D. Kamphoefner.

434 pages, b&w, $ 30.00

The State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia 2013

Order here:
http://shsofmo.org/store/publications/manslife-pb.html
   

     
Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2015
20:15 pm
Gießen „Utopia is coming back!“ – Teil 1
Donnerstag, 18. Juni 2015
ab 17 Uhr
Gießen „Utopia is coming back!“ – Teil 2
Sonntag, 12. Juni 2015
12 bis 16 Uhr
Harriersand „Looking back to Utopia“
Sunday, 12 July 2015
8.30 am
Missouri "Summer Bus Tour through Utopia"

Sonntag, 6. September 2015
12 Uhr
Berlin „Utopia coming to Berlin!”

23 September to
1 October 2015

“The Dawn of Utopia”