Cecilia Nadal leads a “Circle of Neighbors” small-group discussion at an event in Hermann.

Symposiums on the Shared History of Germans and African Americans

Three events are currently scheduled, where historians and scholars will discuss the relationships between German immigrants and African Americans before, during and after the Civil War.

Symposium Speakers

These events will be followed by two major community engagement activities. Local citizens will be asked to share family stories about these cross-cultural relationships and will have an opportunity to participate in small-group dialog sessions. You can share your story and hear the stories of others at a “Circle of Neighbors” session in your area. 

Share Your Story!

The Verein, through a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, is proud to sponsor these events along with Visit Hermann, Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center in Hannibal, and the Warren County Historical Society.


Saturday, August 12, 2023

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Warren County Historical Society
102 West Walton Street, Warrenton

Photos from the Warrenton event
Warren County Event Flyer
Warren County Circle of Neighbors Flyer
Press Release

Jefferson City
Saturday, February 17, 2024

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Lincoln University
Martin Luther King Hall—Pawley Theater
812 E. Dunklin Street, Jefferson City