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Wehr, Paul; Mustard Seed; Duda, Judy DeCoste; 1980; Mustard Seed


To introduce Dr. Paul Wehr to the descendants of the founding families of Slavia, a "Founders' Feast" was held at the Lutheran Haven Fellowship Hall. The party was hosted by Walter and Judy Duda and the 200 invited guests had been asked to bring a favorite Slovak dish, to wear a Slovak costume, if possible, and to bring mementos and photographs relating to the early years of Slavia Colony. The tables groaned with wonderful ethnic dishes, a few guests wore authentic costumes and some even danced to the Slovak music playing over the speakers. But the highlight of the evening was the introduction of Dr. Paul Wehr, author/historian, who revealed to the assembled guests that he was interested in recording the histories of Slavia and of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. He asked them to allow him to see their photo collections and to interview them about their families' experiences in settling in FL. Dr. Wehr's request was warmly received; he was welcomed into many homes in the community and was provided with valuable resource material. After much painstaking research, Paul Wehr authored a text he titled, "Like a Mustard Seed: The Slavia Settlement." He very generously granted all rights to this work to St. Luke's Lutheran Church and the text remains an important historical resource for the church and community. In this image, Dr. Paul Wehr poses with Judy Duda (wearing a borrowed Slovak costume) during the event which launched Paul's relationship with the founders of Slavia and St. Luke's Lutheran Church. c. 1980




Seminole County, Fla.

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St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School; DSpace at St. Luke's

Repository Collection

Judy Duda Collection; "Like A Mustard Seed: The Slavia Settlement"



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St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Fla.

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Wehr, Paul; Mustard Seed; Duda, Judy DeCoste; 1980; Mustard Seed