It’s always a great day when we have the opportunity to share our immigration stories, our LCMS faith, our food culture, and our “sense of place” with our patrons. We hosted 50 people who were on an American Queen cruise boat tour today. Our wonderful relationship with Shore Excursions of America made this experience possible. … More I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
If you have spent much time with me, you have heard me say, “Everything from neurosurgery to belly dancing is about relationships.” One of my best pals is a neurosurgeon, and I’ve always thought that belly dancing was cool, but I have never seen this type of dancing from my personal experience. I finally met … More Joyous is the Price
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
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
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
Ann Hazelwood will be joining us tomorrow, (Sunday) for a book signing celebrating the 2nd book in her East Perry County series. I just finished the book, and it is delightful. Of course, Sharla Lee Gordon–the artsy museum director makes an appearance in the book as well as her trusted assistant “Gerard.” There will be … More Hazelwood Book Signing
The Gary Lucy art exhibition is open today! Mr. Lucy and his wife (Washington, MO mayor) Sandy will be with us for the Immigration History Conference in October. The exhibition features Lucy’s Louis and Clark series, his Inland Waterways series, as well as his incredible nature works. This is a fabulous opportunity for our site. … More Gary Lucy Exhibition Open!
Today we learned of the death of Dr. Ingerose Paust: historian, author, scholar, and our friend. In late 2015, we celebrated the publication of her historic novel, Exodus of the 800. It was Concordia Univ. Austin’s wonderful translation into English of her earlier German novel. In 2014, Dr. Paust traveled to America from her home in … More Dr. Ingerose Paust
I have had the honor of directing the Lutheran Heritage Center for 11 years. It has been a privilege to captain this ship along with great executive board members, volunteers, and support from around the globe. Every trip into this pretty little town brings me joy. No where are the changing seasons more lovely than … More This is my circus, and these are my monkeys!
We have a Bliss Manufacturing Company lithographed wooden dollhouse from c.1913 in our collection. Bliss Manufacturing conducted business in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for about a century beginning in the last half of the 19th Century. They began as producers of wooden screws and clamps for piano cabinet makers. They also created highly prized wooden toys covered in … More A Blissful Buenger Artifact