One of Martin Luther’s key demands sparked August Hermann Francke to establish the first Bible Institute, the Canstein Bible Institute, at the Halle Orphanage in 1710. Millions of complete Bibles and New Testaments were printed here in the highest quality and distributed in inexpensive editions. Applying the standing type for the first time in Germany facilitated this strategy.
Whether private reading culture, the cradle of the institutional social welfare, the first school garden in Germany, the dawn of secondary education or the international perception of Halle's reforms which influenced the European aristocracy – the exhibition illustrates the numerous social and cultural historical effects of Halle Pietism in the wake of the Reformation. Barthomäus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719) and Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) represent the many Halle emissaries who introduced Lutheranism to the remotest regions of the world. At present the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) in the South-Indian town of Tranquebar (now Tharangambadi) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) consider themselves successors of the work of August Hermann Francke.
With a traveling exhibition this cultural and sociopolitical influence of August Hermann Francke’s work and its traditions drawn form the Reformation are followed up to the present day. Its rationale is that Francke’s reforms aimed at providing educational equality and social participation are as relevant today as they were 300 years ago.
The exhibition(PDF, 299 kB) can be borrowed free of charge. Please contact:
Friederike LippoldCultural Programme and Public Relations Friederike LippoldCultural Programme and Public Relations phone+49 345 2127 431fax+49 345 2127 418email