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Travel in the Steps of
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg

"Luther's Man in America"

It was in 1742 that the Francke Foundation in Halle, Germany, sent help to German immigrants in North America: trained Pastors were needed for the many settlers and their families. One of them was Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, born in Einbeck, an ordained Pastor and teacher at the Orphanage of the Francke Foundations. But Muhlenberg did much more than just congregational work - he founded an entire church structure. After his arrival in Pennsylvania he called together The Ministerium of Pennsylvania which turned out to be the first permanent Lutheran synod in the not-yet united states of America. And this was just the beginning of a 45-year ministry in which Muhlenberg cared about Germans as well as settlers from Britain and the Netherlands.

Muhlenberg did not just become the Patriarch of the Lutheran church in North America, since he and his wife Anna Maria had eleven children and founded the Muhlenberg Family dynasty, where generations were active in the US military, politics, academia, and ministry.

Muhlenberg originated from Halle (Saale), home of the Francke Foundations (and, among many other things, birthplace of George Fridric Handel). Halle Pietism played a highly influential role in North American church religious history.

The Francke Foundations, founded in 1698, are a living cultural and scholarly institution of European scale. More than 25 educational, social and cultural institutions are gathered on a campus of 14 hectares in the heart of the city.

They include a baroque library from 1728, school buildings from four centuries, the largest half-timbered house in Europe, as well as the only cabinet of artefacts and curiosities still in its original setting from the Baroque period. Lectures, concerts, guided tours and cultural-historically special and permanent exhibitions take place in the Historic Orphanage built from 1698 to 1700.

 

Terra Lu Travel, the B2B group travel specialist for Reformation trips in Europe, will arrange a hand made, customized trip for your group. A Muhlenberg-tour to Germany of course includes Muhlenberg's places like Halle, Einbeck, Goettingen, and Grosshennersdorf as well as other places of the Pietism like Herrnhut. It will cover Luther sites in Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, and the Wartburg. And we may add some "secular Germany" from Berlin via Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Munich.

Contact the congregations, church districts, church history associations, and universities in your area and in the areas where the exhibition is displayed. With Terra Lu Travel you will be able to generate your own and specific Muhlenberg trip!

 

All itineraries are samples, based on tours we planned for groups. But no two Terra Lu tours are the same. Our proposal for you might be different, depending on time of travel and availability of services.

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