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Luther - Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Dear Friends: - With Martin Luther’s posting of his “95 Thesis” some 500 years ago, the Reformation began - and the world has never been the same.

And I’m writing to you today as Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany in Michigan because I suspect you might have an interest in how Germany is marking this memorable occasion.

Of course, there are a number of special events in Germany leading up to the actual commemoration Oct. 31, 2017, and if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to review the official website at www.luther2017.de , the travel website at www.visit-luther.com and others you can find online, including some offering special tours.

GBU Saxonia-Rheingold zusammen mit dem Teutonia Chor entzueckten die Gaeste. Foto: B. Weidendorf

The purpose of this note is to let you know about several exhibitions sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office, including three now open in the United States through mid-January 2017.

Plus, the government has created a “do it yourself” exhibit you can download and install in your own community.

The large public exhibitions include a spectacular one at the Minneapolis Institute of Art featuring masterpieces from Luther Country in Germany - Lucas Cranach paintings, prints, manuscripts, books, sculpture and other pieces. Exhibits at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York and the Pitts Theological Library in Atlanta are equally impressive. You might think about taking a group to see these displays, and if you do, you should make arrangements immediately since they will only be open a short time and I am told timed tickets are going fast, particularly in Minneapolis.

The other exhibit is one you can download. And it is great! It is available in five different programmatic modules, the largest containing 30 posters and the smallest containing nine posters. Assuming you can arrange to use a 3-D printer, you can also download any of 20 special museum objects which can be used in conjunction with the extraordinary posters. All of this is available to you now online at www.here-i-stand.com

I hope this information is useful to you, and I encourage you to let me know if I can be helpful in any way. I can be reached at my Honorary Consul office at the law firm of Clark Hill, 500 Woodward Ave., Suite 3500, Detroit, Michigan 48226, or via my email at migermany@comcast.net or fhoffman@clarkhill.com.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and a great 2017 Luther Year!

Fred Hoffman

Honorary Consul -Detroit

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