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: Book Discussion of “Mama Buenger”

Join us for a book club discussion groups featuring “Mama Buenger” by Warren Schmidt. The group will meet four Wednesdays beginning February 22 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Lutheran Heritage Center’s Reading Room. Museum Director Carla Jordon will lead the group and the author will make appearances. Please reserve your place in this lively discussion by calling 573-579-8807. The books may be purchased in advance or at the first session for $15. The Book Club sessions are free with light refreshments provided.

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.