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Explore the history of Luther College over the past 150 years and more.

The Nineteenth Century

1857 --October 10, 1857---the Norwegian Synod decided to establish an institution of higher learning with a Norwegian background in America, but first used Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (Missori Synod) having a professorship there until there was enough money to start a college. The church council that made this decision met at Washington Prairie church. (Luther College 1861-1961, p. 33)

1859 --Laur Larsen started his position as professor at Concordia Seminary on October 14, 1859. This is now recognized as Founder’s Day. (Luther College 1861-1961, p. 38-39)

1861 --September Luther opens in Halfway Creek, Wis. (LC61-61, p. 49) Beginning of the American Civil War. (more...)

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Luther College

Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. Its mission statement emphasizes faith, leadership, and community service. Luther College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in its educational programs and activities.

Luther College

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Larsen funeral procession

The 1915 funeral procession of Laur. Larsen, Luther College's first president, traveled through the college grounds and included the students and faculty of the college. (more...)


External Links to Luther College Archival Resources

Archives - The main site of the Luther College Archives includes our rules and policies as well as a helpful general guide through our collections.

Digital Publications Archive - Keyword search and browse digitally archived copies of the following Luther College Publications: The College Chips, the school newspaper (1884-2012); The Pioneer, the annual yearbook (1911-2011); and The Agora, the faculty journal (1988-2012).

Flickr - Luther College Archives has quite a collection of photos digitally uploaded onto the photo sharing site called Flickr. Search for "Luther College Photos" then click the "People" tab above the search bar to see our albums.

Nordic - Keyword search or browse all holdings in the Luther College Archives and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Archives using the catalog, Nordic.