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 Join Us for the 5th Biennial     Immigration History Conference

October 25-27, 2018

“Tales of Tears Turned to Triumph”

$250./Person For the Entire Conference Includes: 

  • All of the conference sessions and materials
  • A professional coach fieldtrip with a catered home cooked luncheon on Friday
  • Home cooked lunch on Thursday with a picnic lunch on Saturday
  • A Fish Fry featuring the Saxony Hills Brewery on Friday
  • “Formal Banquet with Informal Attire” on Saturday
  • Musical Entertainment each day
  • A regional art exhibition
  • 1:1 Family Research Assistance.

All presenters must be authorized by our Director, but there is a reduced conference fee of $225./person for presenters.  The conference cannot be purchased for one day-it is an all inclusive package.  Dietary needs and restrictions will be accommodated but must be communicated a week before the conference.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

The Conference Is Dedicated in Memory of Beloved Museum Friend, Carol Lamm

The Official Syllabus will be posted by Sept. 15carol lamm

Thursday, Oct. 25:

8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. Opening Event-to be announced-you will love it!

9:30 a.m.-Noon:  Presentations including an opening plenary by renowned family researcher and Lutheran Heritage Center Research Library Founder, Ken Craft; family studies, family research methods presentations including use of Der Lutheraner as a research tool; and a study on the outmigration from Perry County to Alva, OK, and much more.

Noon-A fun lunch with “The German Cook:  Christian Voigt of Saxony Germany

Christian Voigt

Thursday Afternoon:  The afternoon will open with a special musical performance, followed by a presentation by our friend from Germany, Johannes Kramer entitled, “Auswanderersuche in Deutschland:  Emigrant Search in Germany.”  The afternoon will end with an overview tour of the Research Library with planned research time.  Dinner will be “everyone on their own.”

Friday 8:30 a.m.:  A brief opening followed by a film on the Cherokee Trail of Tears, with a presentation on The Trail of Tears in Southeast Missouri and it’s parallels with the German Lutheran Immigration to Southeast Missouri in 1839.

Friday  10:00 a.m.  Fieldtrip on a chartered tour bus:  Trail of Tears State Park, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, Missouri with lunch by their Concordia Guild.  A pipe organ concert in celebration of the life of Carol Lamm by renowned organist, Matthew Palisch.  We will then visit the historic rural 1857 Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri.   The evening will end with our traditional fish fry, a wonderful German Band, and local craft beer from the Saxony Hills Brewery.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.:  A brief opening, followed by an artist’s talk by Missouri painter, Dave Carter on the grist mills of Southern Missouri.  A presentation by John Hilpert, “Grandpa was a Preacher,’ as well a wonderful presentation by Mike Malone on a planned 2019 trip entitled, “Coffee and Conversations in Germany.”  There will be a special musical presentation, an update on the German Family Tree Project, and much more!

Noon:  We will provide you with a homemade box lunch and there will be planned research time, as well as local tour choices.

Saturday 6:00 p.m.:  Our traditional Harvest Feast Banquet with a few surprises this year.  We are negotiating the musical entertainment as I post this.  The keynote address will be by beloved regional historian, Dr. Frank Nickell, “From Tears to Triumph:  The Mississippi River Culture in 1839.

Banquet Keynote Speaker

Dr. Frank Nickell

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Conference Registrations are First Come First Served with Paid Fees by Check or Electronically

To Pay Electronically:   Click Here and follow these steps:  Scroll to the bottom of the payment page, click on “Donation” and enter the total amount of oreyour Conference Fees-$250./person.

Make Checks Payable to:  Perry County Lutheran Historical Society (PCLHS), P.O. Box 53, Altenburg, MO, USA  63732.  Place the word “Conference” in the memo section.


Eggers & Company General Store Bed & Breakfast-A terrific glimpse of a special rural town mercantile and post office in Farrar, MO.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  To learn more or make reservations visit:

Drury Inn and Suites-Jackson, MO/Bavarian Halle Group Rates-(18 miles from Altenburg) —Reserve online at then enter group #: 2345056, or call 1-800-325-0720 and give them group #: 2345056.  The rate is $94.99/night with complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails, and snacks.  There is a business center, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and pool.  Please book before September 24 to receive the group rate.