Yesterday, the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum hosted a party which focused on celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. The date that usually is associated with the beginning of that Reformation is October 31, 1517. It was the day that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. We at the museum chose to celebrate this event early, taking advantage of a large influx of people visiting Perry County for another reason…..the Great American Eclipse, which takes place today. So yesterday we highlighted Reformation…..today we get low-lighted by an Obscuration.
Once again today, my day is pretty busy, and I do not have the time for research. As a result, today’s blog entry will consist of documenting yesterday’s activities with some photos I took.
The day started with a wonderful worship service at Trinity Lutheran Church. The service was so well attended that they ran out of bulletins. I have heard that other churches in this area experienced fuller pews as a result of an increase in visitors who are in town for the eclipse.
After church, preparations began being made for the special day.
It did not take long for people to show up to visit our museum. Many people were interested in getting their special eclipse glasses which were made available by our friendly folds at Thrivent Financial. Several descendants of the original immigrants were also interested in checking out our research library.
In mid-afternoon, the Perry County Lutheran Chorale performed a concert in the church. This choral group is under the able direction of Tyson Wunderlich and is made up of members of several congregations in our area. Trinity Lutheran’s sanctuary provided its outstanding acoustics to accentuate this groups wonderful performance. When the offering was taken, we used the old klingelbeutel (bell purse) from our museum.
The food court welcomed quite a few hungry customers, and by all accounts people were pleased by the offerings, many of which had a German Lutheran or eclipse theme. Visitors were also treated to the performance of Barefoot on Sunday, a musical group from Cape Girardeau which includes our museum director’s husband, Doc Steve Jordan.
The evening agenda included the Martin Luther movie and an appearance by Martin Luther himself being portrayed by our museum docent and author, Charles Rauh.
As a result of our day’s activities, we are now also able to make quite a contribution to a local food bank.
All in all, it was a terrific day. We have another eclipse heading this way in 2024. We’ll have to celebrate again in some way. To all the people who participated this year, we would like to thank you for your help in making this a very productive day for our museum and historical society.
Now on to the obscuration……