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Institute Celebrates 40th Annual Awards Banquet

Works on Lutheran History Commended

Harold and Helen Feuerhahn, Ronald and Carol Feuerhahn, Matthew HarrisonConcordia Historical Institute held its annual awards banquet, Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Koburg Dining Hall on the campus of Concordia Seminary with 100 people in attendance. Twenty-one awards were given to Lutheran historians for exceptional work in the categories of journal articles, major publications, organizational histories, congregational histories and family histories. Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn was honored with the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award. Click here for the full release listing the recipients and pictures from the event.


Papua New Guinea Exhibit Now Open

Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) is excited to invite you to visit its new museum exhibit, Bringing Christ to the Highlands. The exhibit frames the work of Christ and the Gospel in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a series of cultural paintings by missionary Robert Kroenke, along with an extensive number of artifacts, photographs and quotes from missionary personnel.

Also, be sure to visit the CHI Museum at the LCMS International Center!


Executive Director Harmelink on KFUO Radio

Hear the Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmelink regularly on KFUO Radio on the “Reformation Rush Hour” with the Rev. Craig Donofrio, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m..


Fall Historical Footnotes Focuses on New Exhibit

The Fall 2014 issue of the CHI membership newsletter, Historical Footnotes, describes the creation of the new exhibit on the Missouri Synod mission in Papua New Guinea.

Continuing our participation in the 250th anniversary of the city of Saint Louis, we highlight the history and architecture of the Lutheran churches in the city. An online exhibit of this material is also being developed.

This issue also includes information about a new medal commemorating the 600th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus (6 July 1415) and a report on efforts under way to catalog the CHI rare book collection. .


Fall CHI Quarterly

The Fall 2014 issue of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly (Vol. 87, No. 3) highlights the 150th anniversary of Concordia University Chicago (River Forest, Illinois). Varioius member of the university faculty and staff offer reflections on the history of the school and its contributions to the life and work of the Missouri Synod.

Alan Meyer, Eric Matanyi, Hannah Kohut, David Rogner and Fred Spurgat collaborate on “Celebrating 150 Years of Faith, Learning and Leadership.” Kevin J. Brandon focuses on the educational mission of the school in “College with a Cause at 150: Faithfully Serving God’s People through Education.”

Other articles in this issue include Jeffrey Leininger on “Continuing in His Word: Reflections on the Spiritual Life of Concordia University Chicago in Its Sesquicentennial Year”; Steven Wente on “150 Years of Music at Concordia University Chicago”; and William M. Ewald on “The Move from Addison to River Forest: A Major Event in the History of Concordia Teachers College.”

We are pleased to offer our journal with a new design with this issue.

The Quarterly is sent to all members of the Institute. It is available as a subscription only without membership for $40.00 per year. Single copies are $10.00 for issues published during the past three years and $3.00 for earlier issues. Shipping and handling are extra for back issues.

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Concordia Historical Institute presents

Pieces of Our Past

“Pieces of Our Pastˮ is a biweekly email message distributed through the LCMS eNews system. Each message features an interesting or unusual document, artifact or publication from the Instituteʼs collection with background information on its meaning and significance. Items featured in this series will be available on the Pieces of Our Past page on this web site where larger images of the items can be viewed.

If you would like to receive “Pieces of Our Pastˮ messages, be sure to add it to your LCMS eNews subscription list by:

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  2. clicking the “myEnewslettersˮ tab
  3. and then checking the “Pieces of Our Pastˮ box.

See It Now!

The Saxon New Worldˮ

A documentary film by H. Paul Moon about the 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri, sowing the seeds for one of todayʼs largest church bodies of Lutheranism.

The video can be streamed free at www.thesaxonnewworld.com, and DVD copies of the film may be ordered from the same site.


Volunteers Welcome!

Are you (or someone you know) looking for a volunteer opportunity where you will feel needed?  CHI is seeking  one or more volunteers who can commit to assist with filing on a regular basis. The person(s) must be able to alphabetize materials, move five-inch-wide file boxes from shelves that may be overhead or near floor level, and interfile as needed. Appropriate training in CHI filing procedures will be provided. Benefits include working with dedicated CHI staff members, a flexible schedule to fit your needs, an invitation to our annual volunteer luncheon, occasionally coming across items from people or places you know and the satisfaction of filling a real need. Please contact us at 314-505-7900 or at chi@lutheranhistory.org  for further information.


Featured in the CHI Museum at Concordia Seminary

“To God Alone the Glory: The Life of C. F. W. Walther,ˮ

The exhibit uses documents, artifacts and publications from the Instituteʼs collections to tell the story of Waltherʼs life and work from his childhood and education in Saxony, his role in the Saxon Immigration to Missouri, and his multi-faceted career as pastor, seminary president and first president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It includes information on his family life, musical interests and the effects of the Civil War on his ministry.

The Institute staff has also prepared a PowerPoint presentation using much of the material from the exhibit for personal and educational use in congregations and schools. The special DVD includes manual and automatic versions of the presentation and may be ordered from the Institute for $20.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling.


Visit the CHI Museum at the LCMS International Center

The Concordia Historical Institute Museum at the International Center of the LCMS was dedicated in July 2009. Located at 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, Mo., the museum is open weekdays, except holidays, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible.

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