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Welcome/Wilkommen

St. Louis is called the "Gateway to the West" and is home to two big rivers, breweries, baseball fans and lots of Germans!

In the early 1800's German immigration began as a trickle into Missouri and the St. Louis area and then, like the mighty  Mississippi, there was a flood of German immigrants into the area.

In 1833 there were eighteen German families in St. Louis, by the 1880's one St. Louisan in four claimed some ethnicity; Germans accounted for slightly more than half. They established their own neighborhoods, churches, schools and businesses.  They were in-dustrious, steady and shaped the culture of St. Louis and the surrounding area.

GiSTL members are descendants of these German immigrants from Westphalia, Baden, Hessen, Bavaria and other areas of Germany.  Our goal is to learn more about our ancestors' life both here in Missouri and Illinois and their life in Germany.  What were their motives to leave their homeland and how did they end up in the middle of this new country?   With lively discussions, sharing of information, lectures and field trips we hope to learn more and leave a written legacy of these courageous immigrants, lest we forget who came before.

Meetings: See Calendar and Upcoming Events for a listing of upcoming meetings and events.

Group meeting December 10  - Saturday 1- 4 pm - Holiday Party! Meeting at St. Louis County Headquarters Library.