Lutheran Museum Opens at LCMS International Center

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Preserving the history and celebrating the heritage of Lutheranism in America

We give all thanks and glory to God for bringing us to this special day, the grand opening of the CHI Museum

Concordia Historical Institute Museum, a state-of-the-art learning facility dedicated to preserving the history and celebrating the heritage of Lutheranism in America, will open Monday, July 27, to the public. Located at The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's (LCMS) International Center at 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, Mo., the museum will be open weekdays, except holidays, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and the museum is fully accessible.

The museum's exhibits showcase five major periods in the history of the LCMS:

  •     Luther and the Reformation - describing the origins of the Lutheran church in mid-16th-century Europe and providing insight into the life of Martin Luther.
  •     Colonists and Missionaries to America - tracing the travels of the Saxon immigrants to the United States and missionaries who helped form the LCMS in 1847.
  •     Growth of a Synod - illustrating the growth of the LCMS in the 19th century as the young church organized under its first president, Dr. C.F.W. Walther, to reach the people of America with the Word of God.
  •     From St. Louis to the World - demonstrating how from its founding near St. Louis the church's mission work has expanded domestically and internationally.
  •     An Unchanging Message for a Changing World - indicating how the LCMS has worked to meet the challenges of proclaiming the Gospel in the 20th century and into the future through the use of new media, an expanding system of higher education, and outreach to all parts of society.

Concordia Historical Institute (CHI), the Department of Archives and History of the LCMS, will operate the museum. Tours are self-guided; however, groups are encouraged to give advance notice. For more information, call 314-505-7900.

"We give all thanks and glory to God for bringing us to this special day, the grand opening of the CHI Museum," said Rev. Marvin Huggins, CHI's interim executive director. "We welcome all to this museum, and it is our prayer that visitors will come away with an enhanced understanding of the significant history of Lutheranism in America and a clearer perspective on the church's work to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ while serving its members, communities, and the world."

About Concordia Historical Institute
Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) serves as the official archives for records of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and its agencies, congregations, and workers. With holdings of some 2.5 million documents and 7,500 artifacts, it is the largest repository of information relative to Lutheranism in America. In addition to operating the new CHI Museum at the LCMS International Center in Kirkwood, Mo., CHI maintains its original museum in its headquarters building in Clayton, Mo.; administers historical properties in Perry County, Mo.; and publishes Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, the only journal devoted to American Lutheran history. Its museums and research facilities are open to the public. For more information, visit

About The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
The St. Louis-based Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, founded in 1847, has 2.4 million baptized members in 6,170 congregations served by more than 9,000 pastors. The church, which ranks as one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, owns and operates KFUO radio, two seminaries, 10 colleges and universities, and the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. It has relationships and active mission work in 88 countries around the world and is in full doctrinal fellowship with 30 other confessional Lutheran church bodies on six continents. Also, the LCMS is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit

Vicki Biggs
Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations
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