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 authentic American landscape.


             Tales of Tears Turned to Triumph

Ship in a storm

The Conference Registrations are Closed

Call if you wish to attend at this point 573-824-6070

The Syllabus has been posted on the “Conference Tab.” 

Conference, Oct. 25-27, 8:00 a.m.


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Join Us for the art of Dave Carter

Featuring the Grist Mills of Southern Missouri                        On Display through Nov. 10

Dave Carter


Join Us for a “Cool” day of family research in the comfy climate controlled Family Research Library





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


oriThe 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.

For More Tourism Information in Historic Perry County Visit:  http://www.visitperrycounty.com