The Preserving Nordic American Heritage Churches website is a resource of Partners for Sacred Places. The centerpiece of the website is the searchable database of Nordic American churches in the Upper Midwest. Additional website links provide context to the database and draw from research conducted during this project and from the ongoing work of Partners for Sacred Places.
Partners for Sacred Places brings together a national network of expert professionals who understand the value of a congregation’s architectural assets, its worth as a faith community, and the significance of its service to the community at large. With a national presence and offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Partners for Sacred Places fosters the active community use of historic, sacred places – churches, synagogues, and more – and builds the capability of their congregations through training programs, fundraising assistance, and assessments. Partners has served thousands of congregations and other organizations since 1989 and represents the needs and concerns of over 100,000 older, community-serving sacred places across America.
Programs and services offered by Partners value and respect the spirituality and faith of all congregations that open their doors to the community. Designed to stimulate success, Partners changes the way congregations view their role so that their sacred place remains a rich and vital part of the social fabric of a community. Partners helps congregations leverage existing and new resources, solidify their continued relevance, and ensure their own sustainability.
Through our training programs, information clearinghouse, and professional network, we have helped congregations in all 50 states. Stories of success unfolding in cities, towns, and rural areas inform Partners’ knowledge bank. Each story fuels our capacity to help congregations, and we continue to expand our national reach by strategically growing our projects and work.
The Nordic American Churches Project Team Includes:
Additional project support was provided by…
Nordic American Churches Project Advisory Board
- JULIE ALLEN, Arts and Letters Professor of Scandinavian Studies at Brigham Young University, Board Member of the Danish American Heritage Society
- KRISTIN ANDERSON, Professor of Art History and Archivist at Augsburg College
- PHILIP ANDERSON, Member of the Swedish American Historical Society and Professor Emeritus of Church History at North Park University
- MARILYN CHIAT, Independent Art and Architectural Historian
- PAUL DANIELS, Archivist and Curator at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN
- THOMAS DUBOIS, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Folklore, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- CLAIRE ECKLEY, President of the Icelandic National League of North America
- TROYD GEIST, Folklorist for the North Dakota Council for the Arts
- JANET GILMORE, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- DENNIS GIMMESTAD, Vice President of the Norwegian American Historical Association
- JAMES KURTTI, Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University
- ROBERT MACK, Principal of MacDonal and Mack Architects, Minneapolis
- ROD OPPEGARD, Independent Scholar, Dazey, North Dakota
- HILARY VIRTANEN, Professor of Finnish and Nordic Studies at Finlandia University
- MARIANNE WARGELIN, President of Finnfest, Board of Directors and Honorary Consul of Finland, Minneapolis