This kind of miss. did much to orient Luths. during 19th-c. mass immigrations. A conv. held in connection with the 1861 conv. of the New York Ministerium discussed ways of protecting Luth. immigrants. The Pennsylvania Ministerium resolved 1862 to investigate the possibility of helping to place a miss. for immigrants at Castle Garden, NYC, and the New York Ministerium est. a committee to work with the miss. committee of the Pennsylvania Ministerium in the placement of such a miss. Robert Neumann (formerly Gen. Syn. miss. to China) began work 1865, W. H. Berkemeier* 1867. The Gen. Council accepted care of the miss. 1869.
The New York pastoral conf. of the Mo. Syn. opened an emigrant miss. 1869, with S. Keyl* directing the work; the same yr. the Mo. Syn. assumed the work which Keyl had begun. The Lutherisches Pilgerhaus, State Street, NYC, was bought 1885, sold 1917. Emigrant miss. work was conducted also in Baltimore, Maryland
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