I Am Baptized: Martin Luther and Birthplace Eisleben

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Program Cost:
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About this program:
"I Am Baptised: Martin Luther and Birthplace Eisleben" focuses on the sixteenth-century Great Reformer, his Geburtshaus birthplace and museum in Eisleben, Germany, faith and strong sense of baptismal assurance, and the comforting hues and inspiring architectural artistry of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, where Luther was baptized on November 11, 1483. The presentation features a striking collection of recent on-site photography from Lutherstadt Eisleben (official name: Luther City Eisleben). Presented in its original version as an online sermon during a pastoral vacancy and before an empty sanctuary due to the suspension of public worship during the early months of the pandemic, "I Am Baptized" may have a special appeal for persons interested in history, religion, Lutheranism and the Reformation, Germany, art and architecture, biography, and international travel. The presentation may also provide a peaceful thoughtful pause and timely note of reassurance.

About the presenter:
First presented in 2020, "I Am Baptized: Martin Luther and Birthplace Eisleben" is but one of numerous historical works, public presentations, and scholarly publications in Lutheran, Reformation, German and ethnic German history, and Late Prehistoric Native American archaeology by Russell Baldner. Among the presenter's earliest forays in primary source historical research were German family documents and the original German manuscripts of his family's longtime Lutheran congregation, of which his immigrant great-great-grandfather was one of the four founding members. Baldner's early affection for the German language and history led to BA and MA degrees in history, undergraduate and graduate study in German, a teaching career in German, history, and anthropology/sociology, a lifetime of academic research in those and related fields, and repeated sojourns in ancestral Germany, the first of which being a summer long residence in his great-great-grandfather's birthplace- wo der gute Wein wächst. Baldner has twice presented for the German American Heritage Center (October 2019: "Berlin: Before and After the Wall Fell"; April 2021: "Witches, Kings, and Architectural Charm: Exploring Folklore, Royal Might, and Half-timbered Splendor in Historic Saxon Germany.")

Kinogarten: “M”

Rozz Tox 2108 3rd Ave, Rock Island

Join the German American Heritage Center & Museum at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island for another Kinogarten! Each first Friday*, we partner with Rozz-Tox to host a free screening German language film in the back garden of Rozz-Tox.

On November 12th at 8pm or sundown, we'll be watching: "M"

Considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, "M" is a 1931 vision from Fritz Lang that tells the story of a city-wide manhunt for a serial killer. Rated PG-13.

German beer, snacks, and standard Rozz-Tox fare available for purchase!

There is no registration required for this event. This event is free to the public.

This event is scheduled to be held outdoors, but may be held indoors due to inclement weather. Please note that masks are requiring inside of Rozz-Tox

*This Kinogarten is held on the second Friday of November due to scheduling conflicts. We apologize for the confusion.


Kinogarten: “Er ist wieder da”

Rozz Tox 2108 3rd Ave, Rock Island

The German American Heritage Center & Museum and Rozz-Tox are teaming up for another Kinogarten! Every first Friday, we partner for a free outdoor film screening of a German language film in the garden of Rozz-Tox, Rock Island.

Join us on Decemer 3rd at 8pm for "Er ist wieder da." (Auf English: "Look Who's Back!")

"Er ist wieder da" is a 2015 comedy in which Adolf Hitler time travels to the 21st century. This film is unrated, but contains some mature language.

Rozz-Tox will be offering special German beers and snacks for sale, in addition to their standard fare.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required!

The film will be screened in the back garden of Rozz-Tox in Rock Island. In case of inclement weather, it may be moved indoors. Please note that masks are required while indoors at Rozz-Tox.