Hi I live in Faribault County and am working on a project for the Historical Society regarding one of our early Lutheran Churches, and wonder what you have for historical records for this church. I would be very interested in copies of what you have.
The church was first known as DELAVAN LUTHERAN CHURCH, and later was changed to WEST DELAVAN LUTHERAN CHURCH. This is NOT Faith Lutheran Church located in the city of Delavan, the church I am looking for is probably the first Lutheran Church in the county. Possibly Dell Lutheran started about the same time.
In 1862 they adopted a constitution together with people who formed another church: JACKSON LAKE NORWEGIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. I would be interested in any records from this church as well.
I have referenced the Hauge publication INNERMISSION CHURCH HISTORY. On page 304 there is a section called "The Norwegian Lutherans in America". On page 306 there is a reference to "The Norwegian Lutheran synod" that was organized in 1851, with Preus, Dietrichson, Sutb, Clause, Brandt, and Ottesen. I am assuming that this was the group of clergy that came over from the Norwegian State Church - IS THIS CORRECT?
Continuing on, there is reference to schools and seminaries. The Huages had Red Wing, the Norwegian Synod had Decorah and "THE CONFERENCE" had Augsburg. WHAT GROUP IS REFERRED TO AS "THE CONFERENCE"? Was St. Olaf College affiliated with any one group?
I appreciate any information on these groups and the specific churches here in Southern MN.
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