Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Port Townsend, Washington, Records, 1952-2012

Overview of the Collection

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Port Townsend, Wash.)
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Port Townsend, Washington, Records
1952-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA 7a5_354 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Port Townsend, Washington.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Processing funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The seeds of the congregation are in a small group of Scandinavian Lutheran people who began regular worship and meetings in the 1880s. The group was ordinarily served by pastors who traveled from the Seattle-Tacoma area on a regular but infrequent basis. There was a hiatus in activity as an organized group from the 1920s through the early 1940s, when the group once again formed and was served both from Seattle and from Port Angeles until the formal organization in the Missouri Synod. In 1955 the present sanctuary and fellowship hall were built from volunteer labor. In 1962 a wing was added for office area and educational space. In 1963-1964 a parsonage was built.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a congregational historical record, a letter from Milton Nesvig.

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

[identification of item] From the Grace Lutheran Church, Port Townsend, Washington, Records, OPVELCA7a5_354, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Box 9 File 9

Acquisition Information

Transferred to ELCA Region I Archives. .

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Nesvig, Swanson, Nordquist, Emerson New Partners. Old Roots. Tacoma (Wash.) ALC, LCA, and ELC 1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lutherans--Washington (State)--History
  • Scandinavia--Emigration and immigration

Personal Names

  • Fosser, Howard, 1985-?
  • Hutchinson, Coe M.
  • Sachs, Robert, 1984-1985
  • Conrad, Robert, 1957-1963
  • Soeldner, W. Thomas, 1977-1984
  • Steinke, Harold, 1952-1957
  • Steinke, Harold, 1963-1976

Corporate Names

  • Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Southwestern Washington Synod

Geographical Names

  • Port Townsend (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)


  • Clergy