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New Harmony is the result of not just one, but two attempts at creating a utopian society. Established by Johann Georg Rapp, the leader of separatists from the German Lutheran Church called the Harmonie Society, the town was originally called Harmony. The religious group achieved economic success, but after ten years they wanted to relocate and sold it to Robert Owen, who had his own plan for a utopian community. He renamed it New Harmony and focused on education and personal wealth. While neither achieved utopian success, the town today appeals to residents and tourists for its unique atmosphere that blends the past with the future.
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