Harry E. Nelson
Abstract: “In the Astronomy Tradition at Augustana was written as a response to a suggestion made by Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, president emeritus at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. I had prepared a paper for the Contemporary Club of Davenport, Iowa which dealt with the program of the John Deere Planetarium on the campus and its contribution to the Quad-Cities community. Dr. Bergendoff felt that a more inclusive report was needed, and he convinced me that I should write the complete history of the astronomy department. His many creative suggestions have made the story most interesting and I am indebted to him for all his help. My wife has spent numerous hours proofreading the original manuscript and its many revisions. Nancy Johnson, Director of Alumni Relations at Augustana, entered the manuscript in her computer where material could be added or deleted with minimal effort on my part. I am grateful to Dr. Erick Schonstedt, member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees, for his generous financial contribution to help defray the cost of publication. -- Harry E. Nelson” - Front matter
Table of Contents: Foreword / Astronomy Professors / Search for Meteorites / Carl Gamble and the Popular Astronomy Club / John Deere Planetarium / Visiting Astronomers / United States Space Program / Eclipse Chasers Club / Recent Acquisitions / Bibliography / Other Historical Society Publications.
Dr. Conrad Bergendoff
A discussion of the Swedish Lutheran Church in New Sweden covering the churches of Holy Trinity at Christina, now Wilmington, Delaware; an early Tinicum Island church and Wicaco church from which grew the Gloria Dei Church in Philadelphia; St. James Church in Kingsessing, now in Philadelphia; Christ or Old Swedes in Upper Merion, now in Philadelphia; Raccoon, now Swedesboro, and Penns Neck, now Churchtown or Lower Penns Neck, New Jersey. The churches which survived to 1776 became Anglican.
Gustav Andreen, Henry F. Staack, Fritiof Fryxell, Albet F. Schersten, and O. Fritiof Ander
Table of Contents:
The early missionary work of the Augustana Synod in New York City, 1865-1866 / Gustav Andreen -- The Iowa Synod's attempt at missionary work among the Indians, 1859-1864 / Henry F. Staack -- Thomas Moran's journey to the Tetons in 1879 / Fritiof Fryxell -- The historical and cultural background of Swedish immigrants of importance to their assimilation in America / Albert F. Schersten -- Swedish-American newspapers and the Republican Party, 1855-1875 / O. Fritiof Ander -- Book reviews -- Reports of Committees.
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