Amy Lebey, the Salzburger historian, tells why these Lutheran people moved from Salzburg, Austria to the Georgia colony in the 1700s. In Austria, the Catholic bishop gave them the choice of giving up their faith and staying or moving out. They chose to leave even though they lost everything. Now, every year on Labor Day there is a gathering at New Ebenezer of descendants of the original settlers. They come from all over the country and Georgia to get reacquainted, talk, and worship together. No one lives in New Ebenezer any longer, but these people share a common past.