Missourian Dorris Keeven-Franke honored with German-American Friendship Award

Dec 17, 2016

Missourian Dorris Keeven-Franke honored with German-American Friendship Award Enlarge image The award consists of a certificate, a medal, and a pin. (© Mary Klinghammer) Dorris Keeven-Franke received the German-American Friendship Award from Consul General Herbert Quelle, on behalf of Ambassador Peter Wittig, at a ceremony in St. Louis on Thursday, December 17.

As a writer, public historian, and genealogist, Keeven-Franke has worked to bring her thorough research on Missouri’s German heritage to her community, engaging the public through newspaper articles, blogs, books, exhibitions, programs, and lectures. She has, in addition, been a leader in civic organizations that foster the continued ties between Missouri and Germany, including as president of the St. Charles County German Heritage Club and deputy chair of the  St. Louis–Stuttgart Sister Cities organization Missourian Dorris Keeven-Franke honored with German-American Friendship Award Enlarge image Honorary Consul Paul Obernuefemann (left), Keeven-Franke, and Quelle. (© Mary Klinghammer)

The German-American  Friendship Award, established in 1981, is given by the German Ambassador to those who have shown extraordinary commitment to fostering German-American relations.

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