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A Danish American Childhood at Bethlehem Lutheran

Compiled by Laurie K. Sommers, Preserve Nordic Churches Project Manager, 2017-2019, based on emails by Asta Twedt and shared with her permission. There is a…

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Kalevala Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church–A Place of Refuge in Troubled Times

Written by Laurie Kay Sommers, former project manager, Preserve Nordic Churches Project 1918. It was a time eerily like our own—overwhelmed hospitals, people wearing masks,…

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Bethany Lutheran: Art Deco Jewel of the Upper Peninsula

Written by Laurie K. Sommers, Preserve Nordic Churches Project Manager, 2017-2019 It was pure serendipity. Elmer A. Forsberg—head of the Department of Drawing, Painting. and…

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Augustana Sioux City’s Altar of Peace

Written by Laurie K. Sommers, Preserve Nordic Churches Project Manager, 2017-2019 The congregation of Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa, was grateful. It was…

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Saving Turnbridge Lutheran Church

For more than three decades now, the church on the prairie just west of Rugby, North Dakota has sat silent and vacant, its proud gray…

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Jefferson Prairie Lutheran and the Churches of our Hearts

Written by Laurie K. Sommers, Preserve Nordic Churches Project Manager, 2017-2019 We all have a sacred place that warms our heart and fills our memory…

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The Girl Who Designed Savo Lutheran Church

Written by Laurie K. Sommers, Preserve Nordic Heritage Churches Project Manager, 2017-2019 I was chatting by phone with the pastor of Savo Evangelical Lutheran Church…

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