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Solomon and Ambrose Henkel

AE Curator Jul 16
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The son of Paul Henkel, a minister who built the first Lutheran Church in New Market, Ambrose Henkel exemplified the Scots-Irish and Germans who settled in the Shenandoah Valley. Ambrose became a minister, but early in the 1800s, he established the first Lutheran printing press in America, which produced tracts, sometimes in German, supporting the Lutheran Church and settlement, as well as a short-lived newspaper and even children’s books. In 1817, Ambrose sold the business to his brother Solomon, who printed an English translation of the Book of Concord in 1851.

Location: New Market
Image: Library of Virginia

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