Guide to the American Lutheran Church, Harlowton, Montana, Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: American Lutheran Church (Harlowton, Mont.)
Title: American Lutheran Church, Harlowton, Montana, Records
Dates: 1934-2012 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 file
Location of Collection: Box 3 File 12
Collection Number: OPVELCA7a3_96
Summary: Collection contains the records of American Lutheran Church in Harlowton, Montana.
Repository: Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Languages: English  
Sponsor: 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 Note

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 Description

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

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is available for research

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

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Transferred to ELCA Region I Archives. .

Related Materials :  

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Bibliography :  
  • Nesvig, Swanson, Nordquist, Emerson New Partners. Old Roots.Tacoma (Wash.)ALC, LCA, and ELC1986


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Duame, Earl, 1951-1952
  • Foss, Virgil, 1934-1938
  • Gronli, John, 1961-1966
  • Halvorson, Richard, 1969-1973
  • Hansing, Marlyn, 1954-1957
  • Holt, Marvin, 1966-1969
  • Lucky, Carl, 1969
  • Mathsen, Raymond, 1948-1951
  • Neste, Theodore, 1957
  • Skatrud, Dale, 1957-1960
  • Taylor, Robert M.
  • Thompson, Jersing, 1960
  • Thompson, Orin, 1942-1947
  • Tverberg, Svein, 1941-1942
  • Tweeten, Irvin, S., 1939-1941
  • Vinson, Lawrence, 1974-1984
  • Wolter, Keith, 1984
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Lutheran Church (1930-1960)
  • American Lutheran Church (1961-)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church -- Montana Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Geographical Names :
  • Billings (Mont.)
  • Harlowton (Mont.)
  • Lennep (Mont.)
  • White Sulphur Springs (Mont.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Circuit riders
  • Home Missions
    • Occupations :
    • Clergy

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