Dr. Conrad Bergendoff
Table of Contents:
A Royal Beginning--From Chicago to Paxton--The Tower in Rock Island--In Old Main--C. O. Granere--The Denkmann Gift--Marcus Skarstedt--Ira O. Nothstein--William Baehr--Donald Rod--Lucien White--Ernest Espelie--John Caldwell--A Living Library--Librarians: Terms of Service.
Library Publications--Publications of the Augustana Historical Society--Occasional Papers--The Institute: Historical Swedish Handbooks--Sources.
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.
Emmet E. Eklund
The life of Jonas Swensson (1828-1873) presents a reversal of the common notion that sons of famous fathers often live in the shadow of their fathers’ fame. For Jonas Swensson was overshadowed by the fame of his illustrious son, Carl Aaron. Both the fame of his son and his own early death, at age forty-five, have tended to obscure the noteworthy accomplishments of Jonas Swensson. Yet Swensson played a significant role in the shaping of the Augustana Lutheran Church in the last half of the 19th century. His contributions to parish and higher education, mission, congregational life, and the theology of Augustana were considerable. It is to this end in part that this book has been written: to identify the significant contribution Swensson made to the formation of the unique character of the Church which he served as pastor, secretary, member of the catechetical committee and as president for the last three years of his life. As such, the book is also an important record of the early Augustana years. It is hoped that a measure of justice may be done to Jonas Swensson’s memory by the publication of this book.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements / Introduction / Early Life and Education (Jonas’ Ancestry, Childhood and Youth / Theological Education / Studies at Bredaryd / Studies at Jönköping / Studies at Växjö / Studies at Uppsala / Notes) / His Ministry in Sweden (His First Pastorate / The Man Who Left Sweden / Notes) / First Parish in the United States (“Culture Shock” / The Community and Swensson’s Ministry to its People / The Formation of a Constitution to Establish Order / Swensson’s Pastoral Contributions in the Hessel Valley/Jamestown Area / Notes) / Jonas Swensson’s Ministry in Andover, Illinois (A Comparison Between Hessel Valley/Jamestown and Andover / Swensson As Parish Pastor in Andover / Hard Work, Hardships, Heartbreaks / Parish Controversies of the Sixties / The Central Thrust of Swensson’s Parish Ministry in Andover / Notes) / Jonas Swensson, Churchman at Large Prior to 1870 (Notes) / Jonas Swensson as President (Main Decisions of 1870 / Other Issues President Swensson Confronted / Notes) / The Summation of a Life (The Contributions of Jonas Swensson / The Last Months of Swensson’s Life and His Death / Notes) / Appendix I / Appendix II / Appendix III / Appendix IV / Bibliography / Index
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.
Oscar N. Olson
Of the pioneer pastors of the Augustana Church O. C. T. Andrén is perhaps the least known. As the first pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois, he remained in America only four years, 1856 to 1860. But the result of his labors cannot be measured by this brief period. By his earnest preaching, his faithful pastoral care, his consecrated personality and deep spiritual experience he laid a good foundation for the church he served. As a member of the Mississippi Conference and the Synod of Northern Illinois he made a valuable contribution to the work of welding the scattered immigrant communities into congregations, conferences, and synod. However, his greatest service to the Augustana Synod, organized in 1860, was his mission to Sweden in the interest of the Augustana Seminary.
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.
The Immigration of Ideas: Studies in the North Atlantic Community, Essays Presented to O. Fritiof Ander
J. Iverne Dowie and J. Thomas Tredway
Excerpt from Foreword:
Several of the essays in this volume focus upon persons who came to live in a new world intellectually as well geographically. Others are concerned directly with the movement of ideas across the Atlantic. Heretofore the Augustana Historical Society has devoted its publications almost exclusively to the Scandinavian-American milieu. This volume enlarges the field of the society's concern by including certain aspects of English and German intellectual history. The writers have responded to contemporary trends in immigration historiography with its emphasis upon the role of the immigrant in the intellectual as well as the social history of Europe and America.
Table of Contents:
Forward / C. W. Sorensen -- Introduction -- On the meaning of faith in the Great Awakening and the Methodist Revival / Ross Paulson -- Jacob Letterstedt and Nordic cooperation / Franklin Scott -- High churchmen in a hostile world / Thomas Tredway -- O. E. Hagen, a pioneer Norwegian-American scholar / Theodore C. Blegen -- The role of Augustana in the transplanting of a culture across the Atlantic / Conrad Bergendoff -- Ernst Skarstedt : a unique and free spirit / Emory Lindquist -- Edward Price Bell : Anglo-American spokesman, 1914-1917 / Benedict Karl Zobrist -- Wilson and Gladstone : Perils and parallels in leadership / James Iverne Dowie -- Fissures in the melting pot / Carl Wittke -- Sweden in the American social mind of the 1930s / Merle Curti -- Recollections of a childhood and youth / O. Fritiof Anders -- One does not say goodbye to Gendalen / Betsy Brodahl -- Bibliography of the published writings of Dr. O. Fritiof Anders / Ernest M. Espelie.
The author traces in this volume the waves of Swedish emigration that started in the mid-1840s. One of these waves, in 1850, brought a youth of 17 who sensed the significance of the movement of a people from ancient Sweden to the open lands of America. He gathered records, letters, documents, and himself had a part, as student, journalist, and clergyman, in the development of the earliest settlements. In 1890, then historian of the Augustana Lutheran Church, Norelius published his material in a book entitled History of the Swedish Settlements and Swedish Lutheran Churches in America. This translation is of those chapters that describe the land, the economic, social and religious conditions that confronted the immigrants, and the congregations they established in their new communities. Even after a century the work of Norelius remains a unique, primary source of the story of the earliest years of Swedish immigration to the U.S.A.
John Fryxell was an immigrant from Vättlösa Parish, near Götene in southern Sweden. He came to America and worked for the Moline Cabinet Pipe Organ Company of Moline, Illinois and was an advocate of education for his children, all of whom graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. His son Fritiof Fryxell wrote the manuscript of this biography of his father.
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