Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kalispell, Montana, Records, 1895-2012  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Kalispell, Mont.)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kalispell, Montana, Records
1895-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a3_106 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kalispell, 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

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

This congregation was organized as “Den Norske Evangeliske Luterske Menighed av Flathead” in the Prestbye home in 1895. In 1896 construction of a church began, and in 1904 a parsonage was built. In 1914 the church was enlarged and a basement added. The name was changed to Bethlehem Lutheran in 1918. Construction of the present church began in 1932 and dedication took place October 17, 1937. Bethlehem is the mother church of parishes in the nearby communities of Somers and Stillwater. In 1942 the congregation assisted in obtaining property for a Bible Camp on Flathead Lake, establishing the Flathead Bible Camp Association. Special meetings were held to establish a home for the elderly in 1952, and on July 15, 1956 ground was broken for the Immanuel Lutheran Home.

In 1965 the Simonson Fund was set up to send a missionary to Africa, a program which continues to this day. In 1969 land was purchased for a new congregation in the Northridge area.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a bulletin from 1986, a congregational historical record, a letter from Milton Nesvig, a booklet from their 50th anniversary, an annual report from 1981

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 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kalispell, Montana, Records, OPVELCA7a3_106, 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 4 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 ELC1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lutherans--Montana--History

Personal Names

  • Brevik, Karl H., 1961-1962
  • Midtthun, A. E., 1900-1904
  • Onerheim, L. O., 1909-1914
  • Skindlov, A. M., 1905-1909
  • Waldum, H. Peder, 1963-1979
  • Wee, M. O., 1915-1917
  • Berg, N. I., 1895-1899
  • Calrson, C. A., 1938-1939
  • Daneilson, P. C., 1917-1920
  • Field, Lawrence N., 1931-1938; 1939-1941
  • Gravrock, Mark
  • Grimsrud, J. M., 1951-1956
  • Hjelmervik, J. C., 1920-1930
  • Johnson, Amon O., 1941-1950
  • Johnson, Joseph
  • Mars, Howard, 1980-
  • White, Gerald, 1957-1960

Corporate Names

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church -- Montana Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Flathead Bible Camp Association (Flathead County, Mont.)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Home
  • Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Geographical Names

  • Somers (Mont.)
  • Flathead County (Mont.)
  • Flathead Lake (Mont.)
  • Kalispell (Mont.)
  • Northridge (Mont.)


  • Clergy