I have no time to write our normal post today, but I did take some photos of our ongoing construction of our museum addition. We are excited as we await this building’s completion. We look forward to welcoming future visitors to our expanded museum. I should be back into the family research again tomorrow. Perhaps … More Museum Addition Update
Our regular blogger, Warren Schmidt is taking a much-deserved vacation, so today’s offering is not a traditional look at family, but rather how the Board of Directors has added and made some adjustments to the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum family. Although Gerard Fiehler has been working at the Museum for years, he has a … More Welcome and changes to the Family!
We want to give you a little update today on some things have that been going on here at the museum as we have persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like so many other businesses similar to us, we have had to close our doors as the world has dealt with this disease, and without the … More Missouri CARES for Little Museums
I enjoyed working this fine Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran Heritage Center. Upon arriving I walked around, and after 16 years as the director here, I am still amazed at the new things I notice—even in exhibits I’ve created myself. As a historian in material culture, I am naturally fascinated by objects, documents, art, and … More Symbols of Our Stories
Time to stop and count blessings again today. It’s only Wednesday and we have 1/2 of a floor on the new wing of the Lutheran Heritage Center, we had another awesome Bible Study on our journey with the Psalms, and progress in the archives is becoming measurable (what a relief.) In the lower level archives, … More Hungry for Autumn Color and a “Warren” of School Kids!
My coffee smells so good this morning, and the birds are singing a full opera as I step out onto the patio. It’s swampy and gloomy out this morning, but the colors of the neighborhood flowers are bursting through the dawn—it seems to be a good year for roses. Southeast Missouri is beautiful in every … More My Cup is Overflowing
It has been a productive time of planning the Immigration History Conference 2020. Today we worked on plans for the featured artist and art exhibits that have traditionally been a part of the conference. I have fond memories of Kurt Mueller’s sculpture exhibit, Gary Lucy’s painting exhibit, and Ken Steinhoff’s photography exhibit. This year our … More Art & Artist in Residence
Dear Patrons, It has been an unprecedented time in the museum world. Know that we have been praying for your health. We have friends in the world who have battled or are battling this virus, and other friends who have lost family members unrelated to the virus, or have suffered other health crises during this … More We are Closed but Operational
Every once in awhile…as Gerard unlocks the museum for the day…a mystery package greets him–a box, a bag, and once, a beautiful cast iron bell. It is always fun to see what treasures someone has left for our collection. I remember in the past some historic photography. Photographs are special, especially if they are from … More Treasures Found at the Door
It has been a wonderful Christmas season at the Lutheran Heritage Center. We have hosted well more than a thousand guests this past few months; we worked hard to create an excellent exhibit; and we celebrate this New Year as a seasoned team–looking hopefully forward with faith and purpose. The last tree I would like … More Epiphany 2020