Mark your calendars now. September 29th….3:00 pm until ???. The Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum will be hosting a party. It’s an Autumn Museum Driveway Party. Let me set the stage. Two years ago, we decided to have an outside party on the day before the total eclipse that occurred in 2017. It was a … More Party Like It’s 1845!
Considering that it was the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall, it certainly did not feel like it in Altenburg yesterday. It was a hot, sweltering, steamy, muggy day with temperatures in the 90’s, not unlike the common middle-of-summer days we have around here. However, that did not keep many folks from coming out … More A Sizzling First Day at the Fair
I was attracted to today’s story because of the names involved. One is very short; the other is not. The short name is Ude, a surname that could be found in the New Wells area for a short time in the late 1800’s. The name that is not so short is Schaumloeffel. This name also … More A Bucket of Beer with Minnie, Music, and Math
August 25, 1865 was the birthday of Dorothea Weinhold. Now, before I get myself into deep, deep trouble, let me say that this is not the same Dorothy Weinhold who is one of our faithful docents here at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum. Today’s birthday girl was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Bretscher) … More Another Wittenberg Musician
Two things: People who know me are familiar with my rants in November about how people shouldn’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Certainly it is not anywhere close to being the time to talk about holiday music, but that’s the title for today’s story, yet there is a reason for it. I have … More Holiday Music
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
On June 12 in 1881, Rev. J.F. Koestering had the privilege of uniting Gottlieb Samuel Meyr and Anna Sarah Haecker in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Sarah’s father was one of the original immigrants, coming to America aboard the Olbers. Gottlieb’s family immigrated to America from Austria in 1853. Both Gottlieb and Sarah … More An Austrian Carpenter Marries a Local Girl
The name Drumtra arrived in Perry County in the 1870’s and basically disappeared by the 1940’s. The following article can be found in the 1898 publication called “The Great Southwest”. It tells the story of Wm. J. Drumtra coming to Altenburg. Wm. J. Drumtra “The above named gentleman was born in Saxony-Weimar, Germany, in 1859, … More A Name Appears and Disappears