Concordia Historical Institute, as the official department of archives and history of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, serves as general advisory agency for historical interests within synodical offices, departments, educational institutions and congregations.
CHI is charged with preserving and promoting Lutheran history, especially the history surrounding the LCMS. This is done through actively collecting, organizing, cataloging and preserving relevant documents, photographs, books, artifacts, and fine art — and making these historical items available to inform and inspire the church and community.


Concordia Historical Institute strives to be the premier provider of Lutheran historical resources in North America.


Concordia Historical Institute has two museums - one at the LCMS International Center headquarters in Kirkwood, Missouri, and the other at the exhibit hall of CHI on the campus of Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Missouri, are both open.


It is recommended you make an appointment to conduct historical research at the CHI building.

Please contact CHI with any questions or concerns at: 314-505-7900


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Join us as we rediscover the rich history of the Lutheran Church—through our museums, libraries and the largest archival collection of Lutheran historical documents in North America. Are you thinking of researching some aspect of Lutheran history? Do you have a passion for preserving and proclaiming the legacy of Lutheran congregations, schools, and social service institutions? Concordia Historical Institute can help. Join hundreds of CHI members and volunteers as we “move Lutheran history forward—together.”


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