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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.")