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American Lutheran Church, Harlowton, Montana, Records, 1934-2012

Overview of the Collection

American Lutheran Church (Harlowton, Mont.)
American Lutheran Church, Harlowton, Montana, Records
1934-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a3_96 (collection)
Collection contains the records of American Lutheran Church in Harlowton, Montana.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research


Historical NoteReturn to Top

This congregation was organized at the Milwaukee Women’s Clubhouse on February 24, 1934. Services had been conducted in the area for several years, but the people felt they wanted their own congregation. Initially, pastors from Billings and White Sulphur Springs conducted services on alternate Sundays. On July 13, 1934 Rev. Virgil Foss was installed as the first full-time pastor. He also served the Barber congregation. In 1941 Lennep joined the two and this three-point parish has lasted for the past 44 years.

A church was constructed in 1937, and the first worship service there was held on September 12 of that year. The basement was used for the Sunday School and is still used for worship services. The congregation was subsidized for many years by the Home Mission Board of the national church, but has been self-sufficient recently.

The first parsonage was purchased in 1943, and a larger one in 1961. A new education building was constructed in 1966.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder includes a congregational historical record, a letter from Milton Nesvig, a 50th anniversary booklet.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

From the American Lutheran Church, Harlowton, Montana, Records, OPVELCA7a3_96, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

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