Explore East Perry County’s German Heritage

In 1838, approximately 700 German-Lutherans 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 destination.

Temporary Closure:  From January 20 through January 27, our museum will be closed for some needed spiffing and tweaking.   We will open again for regular hours on January 28th.  Thanks for your patience.


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Here is a sneak peek of this year’s Christmas exhibit now on display at our museum.

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Long-term Exhibits

Explore our exhibit galleries to discover the people and places of East Perry County and where they came from in current day Germany. Encounter the Saxon German 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.

For a great overview of this immigration story visit, http://hpmoon.wixsite.com/saxon

To download or order H. Paul Moon’s award winning documentary, The Saxon New World. A brief but brilliant telling of this early German-American story.

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