MISSION OF CONCORDIA HISTORICAL INSTITUTE
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.
VISION OF CONCORDIA HISTORICAL INSTITUTE
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.
Concordia Historical Institute's current on-site exhibit is "A Kimono-Wrapped Gospel: The Mingei Prints of Sadao Watanabe." Learn more and plan your visit today on our exhibits page.
Please contact CHI with any questions or concerns at: 314-505-7900
Rediscover your history
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the rich history of the Lutheran Church—through our museums, libraries and the largest archival collection of Lutheran historical documents in North America.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.”
An exhibit to honor the life of early church reformer, Jan Hus (c. 1373-1415), as told through text, images and quotes. Also included in the…
An exhibit in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Chemnitz's birth. Explore the life, work, and legacy of this crucial second-generation reformer in the…
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Concordia Historical Institute remembers the Concordia Seminary St. Louis Walkout 50 years later ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—February 19, 2024 will mark 50 years since the majority
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2023 CHI Awards Banquet honors historians of North American Lutheranism PRESS RELEASE—CLAYTON, MISSOURI On November 2, 2023, Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) hosted its 50th annual
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