A Traveling Exhibition
Project documentation
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2013 Giessen
2014 Bremen
2014 Washington, D.C.
2015 St. Louis, Missouri

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

English language version available online on
Vimeo on Demand
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

Direct order at he publisher:
Price: € 19.90 plus postage
ISBN-10: 3954945959
ISBN-13: 978-3954945955

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

Available here as free download in English and German


  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:


Rolf Schmidt
Novel Trilogy „Auswandererlied“
Part One "The Call"
Part Two "Waiting for the Tide"
Part Three "Exodus"
Translated by Petra Haynes

Auswandererlied is a trilogy of novels by author Rolf A. Schmidt which shares the true story of the Giessen Emigration Society, the largest and most organized immigration group of German immigrants to make their home in Missouri. The historical novels comprises three works of facts and fiction and they have the feeling of factual reports. Schmidt has based his novels on original documents and actual diaries uncovered by the Missouri Germans Consortium in the United States. Some of the characters have been created for the trilogy, such as Bettina, a young girl that the stories revolve around.

Schmidt’s three novels give fictionalized accounts of the impetus and organization of the group in The Call, the isolation and fear on Harriersand Island in Waiting for the Tide, and the ship passage and arrival of the immigrants in Missouri in Exodus.

186 + 146 + 346 pages, 2021

Available on Amazon.com



Rolf Schmidt
Novel Trilogy - German original version
Part One "Die Aufforderung", 239 pages, 2017, ISBN 978-3-7308-1391-1
Part Two "Warten auf die Flut", 180 pages, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89995-569-9
Part Three "Der Auszug", 280 pages, 2013, ISBN 978-3-89995-982-6

Available at the German publisher Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg, Germany

  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:

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”