Luther exhibit scheduled for stops at LCMS seminaries

A traveling exhibit from Germany with more than 100 copies of items associated with Martin Luther has upcoming engagements on the campuses of the Missouri Synod’s two seminaries.

The exhibit, titled “Martin Luther: The Reformer,” features “high-quality facsimiles and copies” of books, manuscripts, illustrations, paintings and other documents, says the exhibit’s Web site.  It points out that the copies are on tour instead of the originals “for security reasons.”

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Luther Center in Wittenberg and the Foundation for Luther Memorial Sites in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.  The items copied for the exhibit are in the collection of the Luther Center museum.

Covering 1,500 square feet, the exhibit is divided into 12 segments of the Reformer’s life.  Among items displayed are copies of manuscripts that Luther wrote; a goblet he owned; the first Bible printed by Gutenberg; a prayer book belonging to Frederick the Wise, Luther’s protector, with illustrations by Albrecht Durer; prints by Lucas Cranach; and paintings of Luther’s family and associates.

“Martin Luther: the Reformer”  is scheduled at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., March 7-28, and at Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, July 1-Sept. 24.

Those in St. Louis for the Synod convention will have an opportunity to see the exhibit at CHI during Concordia Seminary’s July 9 “SemFest” for delegates and guests.

Before its engagement in Fort Wayne, the exhibit will be at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., Jan. 30-Feb. 21.  Other scheduled 2004 stops include Luther Bible College, Rockford, Ill., April 18-June 13; and the Goethe Institute, Atlanta, during October and November.  It concludes with stops in Houston, beginning in December, and in Tempe, Ariz., in February 2005.

The exhibit began its North American tour last summer.  For more information, visit the “Martin Luther: The Reformer” Web site at           

January 2004

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