Cloud of Witnesses

If you were like the congregation here at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, you may have heard a sermon on today’s Epistle reading from Hebrews 12.  Here is verse 1 of that chapter: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which … More Cloud of Witnesses

Advertising a New School

On this day, (August 13) in 1839 the following advertisement appeared in a St. Louis German newspaper called the Anzeiger des Westens.   This is the English translation of that advertisement. We, the undersigned, intend to establish an instruction and training institution which differs from the common elementary schools principally in that it will embrace, … More Advertising a New School

A Consequential Death

August 11th in 1839 became a very significant day in the lives of the new immigrants in East Perry County.  On that day, Johann Georg Gube died.  That fact may not seem important, but because of the circumstances, it was. Johann Georg Gube is described as being a rather wealthy farmer in Germany.  He was … More A Consequential Death

Friedheim Records

Our research library has copies of church records from many local Lutheran churches which are often used by our visitors to study their family histories.  We are excited that we will soon also have the church records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri, about twenty miles away from Altenburg. The majority of the work … More Friedheim Records

Conference Time is Upon Us!

We are eagerly approaching our fourth biennial Immigration History Conference.  What a wonderful Reformation trip to visit us in East Perry County, Missouri October 27-29.  We still have room available for your participation.  Come and join us!  The $250. conference fee covers a wonderful chartered bus fieldtrip, great home cooked meals, world-class historic and genealogical presentations, research … More Conference Time is Upon Us!

Wittenberg Wares

The above photo shows the interior of the Mueller Store which was located along the bluff in Wittenberg.  This photo was taken sometime around 1930.  Joseph Mueller had run this store for many years, but he had died in 1920.  A photo of Joseph Mueller can be seen hanging on the wall in the upper … More Wittenberg Wares

Frohna Entrepreneur

I am leaving my comfort zone today.  I am not an expert on Frohna history, but I am going to give this a shot.  My focus will be on the building shown in the above photo which was taken sometime in the 1960’s. August Lueders arrived in Perry County in 1850 at the age of … More Frohna Entrepreneur