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The Birthplace of Effingham County

Loest Research Library

      Is Making a Difference

        Barbara Rahn Scott– Librarian 

Open- Saturdays 3PM to 5PM or by appointment.
Contact: Barbara Scott
Cell # 912-660-1786
Email: [email protected]

Loest Research Library is located on the second floor of the museum.

Have you been inside the library? It is located on the second floor. It is filled with primary source materials and information regarding Salzburger history.
The library has new books. Some of the titles are listed below. Come by and see how they might help you with your family research.

Research hours are Saturdays from 3 PM – 5 PM, or by special request. If you are researching the Salzburgers or family history, please contact Barbara Scott at [email protected] or {912)-660-1786.

1. Emigrants from the Kingdom of Württemberg before 1850 (1785-1815) Vol. 1 by Friedrich Wollmershäuser
2. Emigrants from the Kingdom of Württemberg before 1850 (1816-1835) Vol. 2 by Friedrich Wollmershäuser
3. De Brahm’s Report of The Southern District of North America edited by Louis De Vorsey, Jr.
4. If I Can, You Can Decipher Germanic Records by Edna Bentz
5. German Church Books, Beyond The Basics by Kenneth Smith

Click here for a list of documents contained in the Loest Library
in the GSS Museum at Ebenezer

Where did the Loest Research Library get its name?

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