Street Address
75 Church St.
Altenburg, MO 63732
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 53
Altenburg, MO 63732
phone: 573-824-6070
Daily10 AM - 4 PM
Carla L. Jordan, Director
phone: 573-824-6070


The Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum complex was constructed in 2005. A state-of-the-art exhibit hall, reception area, and gift shop was integrated into the 1845 church building, commonly known as the "Old School", which served as the original museum. The Museum interprets the 1838-39 Saxon Lutheran immigration and the history of the seven original colonies in East Perry County, Missouri, the origins of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the regional German-American culture.
The Perry County Lutheran Historical Society serves as the administrative body of the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum.
The Museum offers guided and self-guided tours of the main gallery and original church. Tours of the 1839 Log Cabin Concordia Seminary birthplace and the 1867 Trinity Church are also available.


The Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum functions under the authority of the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and promoting the settlement history of the Saxon Lutheran colonists in the United States. The Society has been in operations since 1910. The Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum will serve a global audience through education, exhibition, and interpretation of this authentic colonial landscape.


Historical society has been formed since 1910. New museum built 2005.

Artifacts Collections

  • Regional and immigration history artifacts from 1839-present.

Research Collections

  • Approx. 1,000 linear feet of archival documents currently being processed.

Educational Programs

Seminars on Saxon Lutheran history in the United States, and Missouri Synod Lutheran history.Docent training workshops twice a year. School age tours with scavanger hunt quarterly lectures on topics within our mission at the Historical Society quarterly meetings. Advisory Council fieldtrips to regional sites to learn more about other historic sites.


Perry County Lutheran Historical Society.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: Yes


Quarterly newsletter annual report.

  • Museum News


Wheelchair Accessible