• Welcome to Luther Days!

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The Luther Days Festival is a one-of-a-kind event for the entire family that brings Martin Luther and our Lutheran heritage to life by offering participants a uniquely interactive and distinctly Lutheran experience. Enjoy family fun while reliving history. This hands-on exploration embraces our Lutheran heritage throughout the centuries beginning with the Reformation and ending with Lutheranism in the world today.
Stroll through time and relive our Lutheran history by tasting the foods, listening to the music, shopping the merchants, meeting the locals, debating the theologians, learning the languages, embracing the culture, and studying the scriptures.

The event layout is divided into centuries. Choose your century and then walk either backwards or forwards in time.
16th Century   ♦   17th Century   ♦   18th Century   ♦   19th Century   ♦   20th Century   ♦   21st Century

Reformation Brought to Life

Martin Luther is one of the most fascinating people in the history of Christianity. His life story includes: parental conflict, spiritual agony, life-changing moments, princes, popes, emperors, castles, kidnapping, mobs, revolution, massacres, politics, courage, controversy, disguises, daring escapes, humor and romance.

In the 16th century at Luther Days, you can:

  • Watch Thrilling Theater Reenactments
  • Join the Luther Descendant Family Reunion
  • Listen to Strolling Musicians
  • Enjoy Costumed Reformation Actors
  • Sample Renaissance Food
  • Shop the Olde German Marketplace
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Colonial Lutheran Heritage

The turbulent days of the church of the early Reformation and its dire struggle were past. In the 17th century, Lutherans began to migrate to the United States, bringing their language, culture, and Lutheran faith with them. The first Lutheran pastor who set his foot on American soil in August, 1619, was Rasmus Jensen of Denmark.

In the 17th & 18th Centuries at Luther Days:

  • Re-Live the Exciting Age of Orthodoxy & War
  • Join the Mass Lutheran Immigration
  • Stroll Through Colonial Church Life
  • Meet Influential Colonial Lutherans
  • Study Lutheran Genealogy
  • Enjoy Musicals Showcasing our Heritage
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The Future of Lutheranism

Lutheranism is one of the largest Protestant Christian denominations today. According to the Lutheran World Federation, there are nearly 66 million Lutherans worldwide. Of these, 36 million live in Europe, 13 million in Africa, 8.4 million in North America, 7.3 million in Asia, and 1.1 million in Latin America.

In the 19th-21st centuries at Luther Days, you can:

  • Watch the Birth of Lutheran “Synods”
  • Visit with Missionaries Around the World
  • Participate in Lively Panel Discussions
  • Listen to Beautiful Lutheran Choirs
  • Experience the Traditions & Symbolism
  • Debate Social and Ethical Issues
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Stroll Through the Centuries

  • 16th Century Lutherans +

    Lutheranism dates from 31 October, 1517, when Martin Luther affixed his theses to the church door of the castle of Wittenberg. Luther had great impact on the worship and musical life of early Lutheranism and is one of the most fascinating people in the history of Christianity.
  • 17th Century Lutherans +

    In the 17th century, Lutherans began to migrate to the United States, bringing their language, culture, and Lutheran faith with them. People in the Lutheran congregations continued to participate actively in worship. More congregations now had printed hymnals. Composers wrote music that built upon the old traditions, but also incorporated the new styles that were emerging.
  • 18th Century Lutherans +

    The 18th century was an age of uneven support and recognition for sacred music. Despite the difficulties, Johann Sebastian Bach created some of the most highly treasured church music of all time. He wrote nearly 300 cantatas, hundreds of settings of Lutheran chorales, several Lutheran Masses, the great B-minor Mass, settings of the Passion, motets, many organ settings of chorales,
  • 19th Century Lutherans +

    During the Age of Enlightenment, music in Lutheran churches withered. Financial support for the church and its music declined, and many skilled musicians were forced to leave the church's service. As a result, in many places, amatuers with little or no training led parish music.
  • 20th Century Lutherans +

    At the beginning of the 20th century, immigrant Lutherans spoke a variety of European languages—Danish, Slovak, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and German. Some believed that holding onto their European vernacular was essential if they were to truly understand their faith. Germans were particularly set on using their mother tongue. But others, including some Germans, thought that fellowship and evangelism required
  • 21st Century Lutherans +

    Today, millions belong to Lutheran churches, which are present on all populated continents. The Lutheran World Federation estimates the total membership of its churches at approximately 72.3 million.
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