Fraktur? What Is That?

Hello, my name is Janice Camren and I am a graduate student at Southeast Missouri State University working on a Master’s Degree in Public History.  This semester I have a project in a class called History Communications.  As part of that project, I will be a guest blogger for the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum … More Fraktur? What Is That?

A Treasure Trove

I was all ready to tell a very sad story today, and I will, but that story led to some really great news for our research library.  Charlotte Saalfeld, a 60 year old woman, who was one of the original immigrants, died on February 27, 1839 in St. Louis, Missouri.  In other words, this elderly … More A Treasure Trove

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

A Guilty Conscience?

At the beginning of the book which contains the first of the church records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, you will find the Bible passage shown above.  It is written in Rev. Gotthold Loeber’s handwriting.  The passage comes from Psalm 85 verses 2-5.  Here is a King James Version translation of that passage: “2 … More A Guilty Conscience?