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Where did the Loest Research Library get its name?

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in the GSS Museum at Ebenezer

In February of 2013, the Board of Directors of the Georgia Salzburger Society voted to open a research library to collect and make available quality research materials relevant to the Salzburgers and allied families. The initial funding for the library came from the Loest Estate donation to the Georgia Salzburger Society. The source of this donation was Mrs. Alice Rahn Loest. The decision was made to name the library in her memory.

Mrs. Alice was the granddaughter of Rev. Sheppard Seneca Rahn (1845 – 1911). He was born near Ebenezer in Effingham County, Georgia, on February 14, 1845. The Rahn family is descended from the immigrant, Conrad Rahn. Sheppard Seneca Rahn served in the War Between the States in the Fifth Georgia Calvary. After the war he attended the Lutheran Seminary and was ordained into the ministry in November of 1874.

Mrs. Alice Rahn Loest (1915 – 2006) lived a life of service. At her death she was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Florida. She served as a past President of the Evangelical Lutheran Women of Florida Bahamas Synod and was active with the Florida Lutheran Retirement Center Auxiliary. Mrs. Alice taught piano and organ lessons and also served as a church musician and choir director of several churches.

Let us not forget this special woman as we keep her memory alive through the Loest Research Library.

Click here for a list of documents contained in the Loest Library

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