In 1921, the German Evangelical congregation in Lehr initiated camp meetings and established a Campmeeting Association to develop the campground. The meeting space is an eight-sided wood-framed tabernacle with window panels that open to give the intended effect of a temporary “tent in the desert.” The tabernacle is ninety-four feet in diameter with a central cupola for light and ventilation, and it can accommodate more than 1,000 congregants. The Reverend A. H. Ermel recommended the design based on a German prototype, and local builders led by Phillip Miller constructed the tabernacle. The still-active Campmeeting Association is now affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
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Lehr Tabernacle and Church Camp
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