The Ora Labora German Colony operated in the Upper Thumb for only a few short years from 1862 to 1867. Yet its impact and legend continues today. 100% of the profit of each of our Ora Labora collection will go toward the Ora Labora Michigan Memorial Project. Black in a full range of sizes in a cotton blend.
Ora Labora known as “Christian German Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work), where members could combine work with prayer, and live according to the Methodist Church Discipline. Established on the shores of Michigan’s Wild Fowl Bay in 1862, the colony operated until 1867.
Ora Labora is an educational and research site dedicated to the recognition of the German Colony. Our goal is to provide verifiable and primary source information on the formation, operation and demise of the colony. In addition to its educational purpose we are striving to gain the required funding and recognition from the State of Michigan to provide a historical marker near the site of Ora Labora on Wild Fowl Bay in Huron County, Michigan.