BUS TOUR Join us for a tour of GERMAN HERITAGE ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER! On Saturday, August 2, 2014 spend a day with friends visiting historic German sites that share the early German heritage of Missouri! Air Conditioned buses will depart St. Charles at 9 am and visit the only State Historic Park devoted to German heritage, Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri. With guided tours of two historic houses, we experience the daily life and traditions of German immigrants to Missouri as it was in the mid-19th century. In 1836, the German Setttlement Society of Philadelphia was formed to create Deutschheim (German Home), a place where German immigrants could live much as they had in the old country with the freedom to practice their own German traditions and language. We will tour the Pommer-Gentner House, and the Strehly House where Carl Strehly and his partner Eduard Muehl published the German newspaper Der Lichtefreund.
Next, we will visit Dutzow, near where author Gottfried Duden lived and wrote his famous book A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America which brought thousands of Germans to Missouri in the 1830s, including the Berlin Society and the Giessen Emigration Society. Here we will have a delicious catered box lunch, and enjoy Blumenhoff Winery in the heart of wine country. After lunch, we will continue to enjoy the first American Viticultural Area – the Missouri Weinstrasse – with a wine tasting at the Munch family winery, Mt. Pleasant in Augusta, Missouri. Throughout the tour historian Dorris Keeven-Franke will share the story of Missouri’s earliest German emigration, on the bus, with the tour ending back in St. Charles at 5pm.
Tickets are only $45 and include all admissions and lunch! To purchase each ticket call 636-465-3842 or contact us with the form below. The bus tour is sponsored by the St. Charles German Heritage Club!