From Johnny’s Place to Johnny’s Place

Here is another blog from the past. It was published on this day two years ago. We had a tremendous first day at our immigration conference yesterday, highlighted by the ribbon-cutting at our new museum addition that we are now calling our South Gallery.

Today will be a story that illustrates the old saying, “What goes around, comes around.”  Quite a while back, I wrote a post about Johann Gruenhagen, one of the few persons that was part of what we call the “St. Louis Additions”.  It was a group of Lutherans already living in St. Louis when the Gesellschaft arrived in 1839 and wanted to join them.  The previous post was titled, An Old Lutheran’s Odyssey.  I encourage you to read it because it is a good starting point for today’s story, and I will have plenty to write without having to repeat details that were in that post.  Let me say that Johann Gruenhagen was very instrumental in the history of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Let me also state that during the short time that Johann Gruenhagen was in this area, he was part of the Johannisberg settlement just across the Apple Creek…

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