Missouri German

In search of Missouri's German legacy

Apr 18, 2014

It’s well known that some of Missouri’s earliest European settlers were French, founding cities like St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Genevieve in the eastern part of the state. But it was the Germans who settled along the Missouri River Valley and into northern Missouri. They started to arrive in the early 1800s. They had their own dialect of German, their own newspapers, and were known for their wine, which they made it what is called the Missouri Rhineland. For many, German was their first language and the language they spoke at home.  

Mapping Missouri's second languages

Apr 14, 2014

Missouri is a land of many languages. English is most common, but there are significant populations of Bosnian-speakers in St. Louis, as well as an historical Francophone community in the eastern part of the state.