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Longer than a Man's Lifetime in Missouri

Presented by:
John Brenner

Publish Date:
July 23, 2014

Presentation Length:
1 hour 00 minutes 37 seconds (1:00:37)

The Missouri State Archives, a division of Secretary of State office, hosted a program exploring German life in 19th century Missouri. Focusing on the writings of German migrant and Missourian Gert Goebel, John Brenner, editor of the Missouri Historical Review, will led 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.

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