First Reformation…Then Obscuration

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.  … More First Reformation…Then Obscuration

Junior’s Grandpa

One of our museum’s most faithful out-of-town visitors is affectionately called “Junior” by his friends and family.  His given name is Walter Doering, and since his father also carried the same name, that makes him “Junior”.  Note:  Around here this name is pronounced “Daring”. Today’s story is about Junior’s grandpa, whose name was Wilhelm Gustave … More Junior’s Grandpa

Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians

Oliver Otto Schirmer was born on August 13, 1900 in Altenburg, Missouri, and later in November of that year, he was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was the son of Carl and Julie (Burns) Schirmer.  These Schirmers disappear from any church or census records from Perry County after 1900, so I suspect they moved … More Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians