Luther, Protestants and the Palatinate
NEW PRESENTATION OF THE HISTORY OF THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH OF THE PALATINATE
The modern exhibition design with large backlit images, an audio and multimedia station, a film on Reformation history, and select objects traces 500 years of Protestantism from the early days of the Reformation up to the present.
On display are such objects as a Luther Bible, a copy of the “Heidelberg Catechism” or a history painting of the Protestation at the Diet of Speyer of 1529. Communion ware and pew plaques date to the 18th and 19th century. A pew from Speyer Memorial Church, deaconess caps and photographs lead into the 20th century.
The exhibition concentrates its attention on key figures of the Reformation, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Martin Bucer, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin and Reformed theologian Zacharias Ursinus in Heidelberg. Ursinus’s “Heidelberg Catechism” is still one of Reformed Christians’ important confessional documents. The exhibition additionally touches on the Peasants' War, the church union of 1818 and the Memorial Church in Speyer.
The exhibition “Luther, Protestants and the Palatinate” is being funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.