Did you know . . . ?
Here are some little known facts about the important role Lutherans played in the history of the United States:
- Lutherans were in America seven years before the Pilgrims.
- The first book translated into any American Indian language was Luther’s Small Catechism.
- Our Statue of Liberty was made by French Lutheran, Frederic Bartholdi.
- It was a Lutheran boy who called a Lutheran sexton to ring the Liberty Bell.
- Michael Hilligas was the first treasurer of the United States and Frederick Muhlenberg was the first speaker of the House of Representatives, both Lutherans.
- The first “Stars and Stripes” was made by Sara Austin and the Ladies Aid Society of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Philadelphia; it is now in the National Museum in Washington, D.C.