Explore East Perry County’s German Heritage

In 1838, approximately 700 Saxon Germans left their homes, farms, businesses and all they knew behind to embark on the dangerous sea voyage to America. Finding new homes in St. Louis and then Perry County, Missouri, they rebuilt their lives and formed communities which endure to this day. Discover their hardships, tragedies and triumphs and explore the families, churches, farms and businesses they established which make East Perry County a unique and truly German community.

Upcoming Event: Reformation Eclipse Party

A very special astronomical phenomenon will be taking place in limited locations across the United States on August 21.  For the first time since the Germans immigrated, a total solar eclipse will occur in East Perry County, and our museum is located in one of the best locations to view it.  Also, the year 2017 is a year when Lutherans celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.  That even signaled the beginning of the Reformation.  To celebrate both those events, our museum will be hosting a special party here the day before the eclipse on August 20th.  Here is a flyer which details the events which will be taking place that day.  Make your plans to attend this event now.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our museum (573-824-6070).

Reformation Eclipse Party flyer

Hilpert-Zschoche Family Exhibit – Now Open


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Long-term Exhibits




Explore our exhibit galleries to discover the people and places of East Perry County. Encounter the Saxon Germans Immigrants who arrived here in 1839 and the churches, farms and businesses they struggled to establish. Learn how their experiences and hard work provided the foundation and set the example for our communities today.



Research Library


The Starzinger Family Research Library is the home of the Zion Roots Research Project. It is an outstanding collection of resources which assist in researching your family history if it has any connection to Perry County, Missouri. The library is open during our business hours, from 10 am – 4 pm daily. The library can be used free of charge, but donations are certainly welcome.



Guided Tours

For the complete museum experience, consider a guided tour of the museum complex. This includes the exhibit galleries plus a tour of the Log Cabin College, Loeber Cabin and Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information, see the Plan a Visit page. Admission is free to the exhibits and to take the tour.