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: Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 2017

10 am to 2 pm

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $30
includes a homemade boxed lunch

The Family Research Team, including world renowned family researcher Ken F. Craft, will be present sessions focusing on:

  • Researching your German Family Tree
  • Resources in out Starzinger Family Research Library
  • DNA research update

One-on-one research support will also be on the schedule for the day.

The workshop will have limited space, so please register early by calling 573-824-6070 or 573-579-8807.

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.