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Tuesday, July 28, 2009 

Will Museum Keepers Do The Keeping?

The awesome Mollie Ziegler Hemingway over at Steadfast Lutherans reports that the LCMS is opening a museum. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article:

KIRKWOOD — The second-largest Lutheran denomination in North America opened a museum Sunday at its international headquarters on Kirkwood Road, telling the story of its growth since being founded in 1847 in the St. Louis area by Saxon and German immigrants seeking religious freedom.
One can see editions of some of Martin Luther’s books from the mid-1500s; a model of a ship that brought Lutherans to America in 1838; and the carriage that carried the synod’s first president. One can also hear radio broadcasts from the 1940s played on KFUO, the nation’s longest continually running Christian radio station.

Commenting on the article Charles Henrickson makes an important clarification and writes: "One small correction to the article: A visitor is quoted as saying, "It's the first time we've had a place to go and get one good overview of our church." That's not correct. For many years the museum was housed at the Concordia Historical Institute on the campus of Concordia Seminary in Clayton. Now the museum has been moved to the LCMS International Center in Kirkwood. So it's a relocation, not the "first time" we've had the museum."

Ok, all I want to know is will the LCMS staff the museum with, uh, I don’t know… museum keepers?

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Maybe it's to show us how to really be only maintenance minded -- get all that stuff out of the churches and into a museum!

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