Archive for June 28th, 2018

Oral History: Personal Views about the Curtis Stephan Clan at Valpo

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Denunciations, smears and slander against the Stephan family name flowed from colony descendants as well. Some personal examples:
A son of a Theology professor at Valparaiso University (Valpo), a Lutheran related U. in Valpariaso IN, a student in my German class declared that I was “one of those Stephans.” Non-LCMS students in the room looked shocked.
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A Brief Survey of Views on the Martin Stephan and the Saxon Emigration, Part I

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Saxon Emigration in Historical Context

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

To understand Martin Stephan’s life and the SE story, we’ll first look at the web of historical/confessional/geographic/political conflagrations in Central Europe shaping German church history, the desire for religious freedom and the eventual founding of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod (LCMS) .

Prelude: The Saxon Emigration of 1838

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Prelude: The Saxon Emigration of 1838 (SE)
The Saxon Immigration of 1838 presents a complex, fascinating, yet controversial chapter of German-American emigration. Martin Stephan was a powerful figure in the German Lutheran Church, leading over six hundred confessional Lutherans from Saxony to America. His wife Julia remained behind with seven daughters, while their only son Martin Jr. accompanied his father.
This blog presents a brief overview of the Saxon Emigration of 1838. It outlines my goal in the 23 blogs to follow.