Ella Dukay Taubel

Ella Dukay Taubel came to an visit yesterday at the Lutheran Heritage Center with her three lovely and brilliant daughters.  I snapped this photograph when she had pulled up to our entryway exhibit with her handy dandy walker-with-a-bench.  Ella was reading the German Bible we have in the display. Ella was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, … More Ella Dukay Taubel

Fair Traditions

The East Perry Community Fair is happening here in Altenburg this Friday and Saturday.  It has always been a special week for this area.  Thousands of people come to partake of the events that take place as part of this fair.  Plenty of food, fellowship, special events, and entertainment will abound. Today’s blog will consist … More Fair Traditions

Indy Educators

On September 19, 1954, students at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Indianapolis, Indiana lost one of their teachers.  Teacher Arnold Mueller died of a heart attack at the age of 59.  He is notable to us here in Perry County because he was born in Wittenberg on December 21, 1894. I find quite a few … More Indy Educators

The Lutheran Curse

I need to preface today’s blog by stating that what I write today is definitely done with tongue in cheek.  It is not meant to stir up anger, but to inspire a few chuckles.  However, anytime the topic involves the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, there is potential for upset feelings.  It is … More The Lutheran Curse

Here I Am, Lord

A great servant of God, and our dear friend, Rev. Vernon Gundermann has entered eternity with God.  Pastor Gundermann’s life reminds me of Isaiah 6:8,  “I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Many of you know my … More Here I Am, Lord

A Fair Among Fairs

Our little fair in the Mississippi River hills is a sight to behold.  For many decades the region has gathered to celebrate harvest, livestock, reunions with loved ones, as well as the joy of a nice cold beer and “Jack salmon.”  My first sign that the East Perry County Community Fair is approaching are the … More A Fair Among Fairs

With a Grateful Heart

As director, I try to consistently express my thankfulness for all of the people and efforts required to keep this incredible site moving forward.  However, sometimes I’m so busy being “present” in the moment that I forget to reflect on the gifts that are showered upon us on a typical day at the Lutheran Heritage … More With a Grateful Heart

Apples and Appliances

Gottfried and Anna (Kuehnert) Noennig and their family were quite the entrepreneurs in Altenburg after the turn of the century.  The family purchased several pieces of property in the Altenburg area and began growing fruit trees.  Their orchards became very productive, and they became well-known for the quality of their apples and peaches. In addition … More Apples and Appliances