in the Steps of
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg
Man in America"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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