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Sebewaing in Huron County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Indian Mission

 
 
The Indian Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2014
1. The Indian Mission Marker
Inscription.  Here, on July 1, 1845, three Lutheran missionaries, Reverend Johann J. F. Auch, Reverend J. Simon Dumser, and Reverend George Sinke, arrived. The Lutheran leader, Reverend Friedrich Schmid, sent them from Ann Arbor to evangelize the Chippewa Indians. A log chapel was built here later that summer. In 1849, Rev. Mr. Auch ferried lumber from lower Saginaw to Shebahyonk on Wild Fowl Bay, seven miles north of Sebewaing. A mission house was built there and dedicated June 27, 1849. Rev. J. F. Maier had charge of the mission. By 1854 the Indians had left these parts. The mission house was sold. A century later, it was moved to this site and established as a museum. It is now maintained by the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod.
Michigan Historical Commission Registered Local Site No. 24

 
Erected 1962 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L24.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 43.559′ 
The Indian Mission Marker (<i>wide view; Mission Building/Luckhard Museum in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2014
2. The Indian Mission Marker (wide view; Mission Building/Luckhard Museum in background)
N, 83° 26.546′ W. Marker is in Sebewaing, Michigan, in Huron County. Marker is on East Bay Street 0.2 miles east of South Beck Street (State Highway 25), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Christ the King Lutheran School grounds, directly in front of the subject old Mission building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 590 East Bay Street, Sebewaing MI 48759, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Sebewaing Township Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Luckhard Museum. Housed in a former mission that was built for teaching the gospel to the American Indians. The site is listed on the registries for both the national and state historical places. (Submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Nomination #72000620. The Indian Mission is a one-and-a-half story rectangular frame building with a gabled roof on a low stone foundation. The building has box cornices and two brick chimneys within the walls. The windows are double-hung sash units, six over six. Adjoining the mission is a concrete structure, cast in the shape of a log building, as a replica of the first chapel built in Sebewaing in 1845. (Submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Sebewaing Michigan 1853 to 1953.
The Indian Mission/Luckhard Museum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2014
3. The Indian Mission/Luckhard Museum
This professional quality Youtube documentary tells how Reverend Auch, a Lutheran, built an Indian Mission on the banks of the Shebeon and carved out a community in the wilderness. (Submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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The Indian Mission House plaque<br>(<i>mounted beside entrance to Indian Mission House</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2014
4. The Indian Mission House plaque
(mounted beside entrance to Indian Mission House)
This Indian Mission House was
restored to its original state, by
Charles F. Luckhard
who established this museum. In 1957,
he presented it to the Mich., Dist., of
the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod,
for its maintenance.
Log Chapel Replica plaque<br>(<i>mounted on door of 1845 Log Chapel Replica</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2014
5. Log Chapel Replica plaque
(mounted on door of 1845 Log Chapel Replica)
Replica of the missionaries Log
Chapel Sebewaing, 1845.
A memorial to the founders of
”Immanuel Lutheran Church”
organized in this chapel 1851-52.
Charles F. Luckhard,
Historian.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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