Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department will present “St. Louis Germans: Insiders or Outsiders,” a two-hour lecture featuring speaker Walter D. Kamphoefner, Ph.D. The event will take place at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. on Saturday, August 9. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.; the program begins at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
The program will address German-American culture and society in St. Louis from the early 1830s through the mid-1930s, including issues surrounding political and economic patterns, bilingual education, and language preservation. Part 1, “The Heroes of the Union” will begin at 9:30 a.m., and part 2, “The Scapegoats of World War I” will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Walter D. Kamphoefner, Ph.D. is Professor of History at Texas A&M University and has served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. He is author of The Westfalians: From Germany to Missouri and co-editor of Germans in the Civil War, a collection of immigrant letters. Dr. Kamphoefner grew up near New Melle in St. Charles County and received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The lecture is part of St. Louis County Library’s contribution to STL250, an area wide, year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. For more information about the program, please call 314-994-3300 ext. 2070.