When Georg Michael Hahn was inaugurated as governor of Union-held Louisiana in March 1864, he became the first German-born governor of an American state.
Now, the Burg Landeck Foundation in his birthplace of Klingenmünster, Germany, is planning an exhibit honoring Hahn that will feature a number of items sent by the St. Charles Museum & Historical Association.
The parish seat of St. Charles Parish is in Hahnville, which Hahn established in 1872. While living in St. Charles Parish, Hahn grew sugar cane and published the St. Charles Herald.
Among the items sent were the books “Germans of Louisiana” by Ellen C. Merrill, donated by the German Coast Farmers Market; “St. Charles Parish Louisiana, A Pictorial History” by Joan Weaver Becnel, Suzanne Friloux, Marilyn Richoux and Fay Louque; and “Louisiana’s German Coast: A History of St. Charles Parish” by Henry E. Yoes III.
Other items sent included genealogical information about Hahn’s family in Louisiana and a scholarly booklet on Hahn’s life by Amos E. Simpson and Vaughan Burdin Baker, of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.