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Welcome to the Luther College History Wiki aka LCWiki, a collaborative online resource about the history of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This site has two main functions: to document the factual history of the College, and to collect the stories and recollections (memorabilia) of those who have known Luther College in some way themselves.

The LCWiki is at its core, a 'collaborative' electronic encyclopedia, meaning anyone may contribute to this effort simply by creating an account and contributing content, either to articles or to discussions. More information on the structure of LCWiki is available below.

About Articles

Articles are the scholarly heart of LCWiki, intended to be thoughtful, accurate, and cited histories of all aspects of the College. Articles should adhere to the evolving Style Guide and should be written as impartial and factual essays with a neutral point of view. They reflect the generally-agreed upon consensus of those who have studied and experienced events, people, and places in the history of Luther College. All Articles are found on the "Article" tab for each topic.

About Memorabilia

Along with the more formal historical entries in LCWiki, we're also seeking the not-so-formal recollections, reflections, stories, perspectives and memories on any topic related to Luther College history -- the memorabilia. These are likely to take the form of a series of vignettes, and don't need to be tied together in cohesive narrative, nor cited. This material can be entered by anyone who registers on this site and should be included in the "Discussion" page for each topic. Fundamentally, we want to collect the stories of those who have experienced Luther College ... of any shape, size, or nature, so please contribute yours!

Context and Purpose

As an encyclopedia of material related to the history of Luther College, this resource is intended to be rich and informative in its content. We strive to provide access to a broad range of well-written and useful articles for the general public and those interested in learning more about Luther College, its mission, its place, its people, and its stories. It is however, like other encyclopedias, not intended to be cited as a definitive source on Luther College history. Articles are reviewed and edited for accuracy, though any researcher doing scholarly work should consult the included references to draw their own conclusions. We work hard to ensure that all the scholarly work on this site is properly cited to provide subsequent researchers a roadmap to follow in the research. Therefore this site should be used as a summative launching point for additional research on topics relating to Luther College, not as a replacement for using cited materials. LCWiki is background material intended to lead and direct deeper study, not the final scholarly word on any topic contained herein.

What LCWiki Is and What It Is Not

LCWiki Is ...

  • An independent community resource founded on respect for others and their perspectives.
  • Open for all to participate in their own way.
  • Intended to be as accurate, complete, and rich in content as possible.
  • A starting point for further research into the history of Luther College.

LCWiki Is Not ...

  • Peer-reviewed, restricted, or "locked-down" - things here can be ever-evolving.
  • A place for rumor, hearsay, or any inappropriate content about people in the Luther College community.
  • A place for political, partisan, rude, or harassing conduct or content. Content should be fair and balanced.
  • Tolerant of those who intentionally break the community atmosphere with inappropriate conduct.