On July 5, 1874, the Harmonia, sailing from Hamburg, arrived at New York carrying immigrants from eastern and central Europe. Among them was a group of 300 sectarians who called themselves the Hutteran Brothers. They stood out in their extraordinary appearance and their uniform attire: the women’s hair was covered with blue, polka-dotted kerchiefs, their wide, long dresses were of a dark material. All the men were bearded and wore black jackets, suspenders, and black, wide-brimmed hats. Even though they had come from southern Russia, their language was German. Unlike other immigrants who preferred to settle in the eastern United States, the Hutterites set out west to the new territories.