The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri: A Survey of a Vanishing Culture (Second Edition)

The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri: A Survey of a Vanishing Culture (Second Edition)

By: Charles Van Ravenswaay (author), Adolf E. Schroeder (contributor)Hardback

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Many Germans who immigrated to America in the nineteenth century settled in the lower Missouri River valley between St. Charles and Boonville, Missouri. In this magnificent book, which showcases some six hundred photographs and drawings, Charles van Ravenswaay examines that immigration - who came, how, and why - and surveys the distinctive Missouri-German architecture, art, and crafts produced in the rural counties of Cole, Osage, Gasconade, Franklin, Warren, and St. Charles from the 1830s until the closing years of the century. The author catalogs the immigrants' arts and crafts, which included furniture in traditional peasant designs as well as the Biedermeier and eclectic styles, redware and stoneware pottery, textiles, wood and stone carving, metalwares, firearms, baskets, musical instruments, prints and paintings. Craftsmen working in all of these fields are identified. One chapter is devoted to the objects the immigrants brought with them from the Old World. Added to this new printing of ""The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri"" is a touching and informative introduction by Adolf E. Schroeder. Schroeder's long friendship with Charles van Ravenswaay allows him to reflect on the vast contributions this author made to our knowledge of Missouri's German culture. Anyone interested in architecture, crafts, or Missouriana will find this book indispensable as they savor van Ravenswaay's excellent presentation of the craftmen and their products against the background of the aspirations and folkways of a distinctive culture.

About Author

CHARLES VAN RAVENSWAAY (1911-1990), a native of Boonville, Missouri, was Director Emeritus of The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and a former director of the Missouri Historical Society. In preparation for this book, he spent forty years interviewing craftsmen, studying and photographing their work, and examining documentary materials. ADOLF E. SCHROEDER is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He has written extensively on the immigrant experience in America and on nineteenth-century German literature.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826217004
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9780826217004
  • ISBN10: 0826217001
  • edition: Second Edition

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