Upper East Koshkonong Norwegian Lutheran Church dressed up for Christmas near Cambridge WI
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"Upper East Koshkonong Norwegian Lutheran Church" A recent snowy drive near Cambridge WI at the two beautiful EAST Koshkonong Norwegian Lutheran churches. Seen here is the "Upper" (oldest) church, beautifully bedecked in Christmas adornments. A few other images are available of location - just search "Koshkonong" on my site to see them all.
A historical sign at this site summarizes history -> In 1844 at the request of pioneer Norwegian immigrants newly-ordained Johannes Wilhelm Christian Dietrichson came to Koshkonong from Norway. Under his leadership congregations were established and log churches built at both East and West Koshkonong. During his pastorate (1844-1850) Dietrichson traveled widely and organized a number of other congregations in the pioneer communities of Wisconsin and Illinois.
Both community and church prospered with the steady flow of Norwegian immigrants. Koshkonong became known as "Queen of the Norwegian settlements in America" and for a time in the 1870's hers was the largest single parish in the Norwegian Lutheran Church, numbering over 4300 members in the several congregations.
As a result of the predestination controversy in the 1880's both the Koshkonong congregations split resulting in four congregations in place of the former two. The merger of three Norwegian church bodies in 1917 largely restored spiritual unity to the Koshkonong community.
December 19th, 2022
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