The Tiews were exploring the area where Lutheran immigrants from Saxony settled in 1839. Looking for freedom to practice their faith, they left Germany and sailed to the port of New Orleans from whence they traveled upriver on the Mississippi. Some buildings here still have their German names, and a visit to the Saxon Lutheran Memorial in Frohna was a historical and spiritual treat.In the background you can see a statue of C.F.W. Walther, the first president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
As part of his work at Concordia Historical Institute, Chris has been translating many Synod documents and we all learned a lot about our heritage - as Lutherans and Germans. Our immigration here was a lot easier ... we didn't have to build our own log home nor brew our own beer or wine. Even though the people in this neighborhood highly recommend it :)
Highlight of the day for J.J.: counting the number of outhouses we saw.