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The Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmelink was interviewed on KFUO Radio on March 5. Click here to listen to the audio recording.
On 7 November 2013 the Institute honored the Rev. Joel R. Baseley with its Distinguished Service Award for his decades-long dedication to translating the works of Martin Luther, C. F. W. Walther and other early Missouri Synod theologians. Sixteen other individuals and historical committees were recognized with awards of commendation for their contributions to American Lutheran history through journal articles, major publications, congregational histories, organizational histories and non-print media published or produced in 2012.
Profiles of the awards recipients are found in the Winter 2013 issue of the CHI membership newsletter, Historical Footnotes, available online in PDF format.
Special contributions to the study of American Lutheran history produced during 2013 will be recognized in the fall of 2014. Nominations are solicited through 31 January 2014 for such recognition. Please use the Awards Nomination Form available on this web site.
The Winter 2013 issue of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly (Vol. 86, No. 4) focuses on the American Civil War during this 150th anniversary observance of the conflict.
Dr. Thomas Manteufel uses C. F. W. Walther’s own words to present Walther’s view on slavery from a biblical and theological perspective in response to various critics of his position.
In “The Furnace of Dreams” Dr. Jack D. Ferguson offers a poignant account of the experiences of soldiers, pastors and chaplains during the extraordinarily trying times.
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.
“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.
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“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.
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 email@example.com for further information.
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.
The exhibit includes forty-one of the fifty-seven woodcuts in the Small Passion and the Life of the Virgin series, both of which were put into book form in 1511. This is only the second time that the Institute has displayed its collection of Dürer prints. It will remain on display during regular museum hours until the end of 2011. A donation of $3.00 is requested to view the exhibit.
Albrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1471, and received his early training in that city. After opening his own shop in 1495, he quickly became a printmaker famous throughout Europe, although he also worked in other media. Much of his work depicted scenes from the Bible. Two of his most well-known works are “Praying Hands” and “Rhinoceros.”
Click here for the on-line images of these woodcuts from our previous exhibit.
Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken, second president of the Missouri Synod, was born on 13 May 1810 at Verden, Hannover (Germany). In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of this pioneer missionary and synodical leader, the Institute has prepared a special commemorative exhibit for its museum on the Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) campus. The exhibit was opened with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 9, as part of a reception for Concordia Seminary alumni during alumni reunion week.
In connection with this anniversary, the Institute is also preparing translations of Wyneken's correspondence and other writings so that his work may be more broadly studied and appreciated. Copies of this material will be made available on the CHI web site. Click here for the Wyneken page. And follow the CHI Blog for timely postings about the life and ministry of Wyneken throughout the anniversary year.
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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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