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.


 Immigration Conference 2023

October 26 to 28, 2023

The Works of Our Fathers

Make plans now to join us for our Biennial Immigration History Conference on October 26 to 28, 2023.  The theme of the conference will be The Works of Our Fathers based on Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.”

We plan to have presentations that study the occupations of the 1838-1839 Stephan immigrants and of other German immigrants to Perry County, Missouri and of their descendants to the present day. We will see how those works have help to establish our communities, our congregations, our schools, and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. 

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