Immanuel Lutheran Church (Gresham, Neb.) [RG3453.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3453.AM:  Immanuel Lutheran Church (Gresham, Neb.)



Records:  1873-1976

Gresham, York County, Neb.:  Lutheran church

Size:  2 reels of microfilm



BACKGROUND NOTE



The German Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Congregation, located seven miles southeast of Gresham and five miles north of Utica, in Seward County, Nebraska, was organized in 1873. The first church building, made of sod, was erected in the following year. At first Immanuel was only a preaching station. Then it joined more formally with the Zion Congregation at Marysville in Seward County, with which it shared a pastor.



A new frame church was built by the Immanuel Congregation in 1877. In 1881 it joined the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and in that same year obtained a resident pastor. In 1884 some families left to form St. Paul’s Congregation in Gresham, which joined the Wisconsin Synod. In 1887 the third and final church building was erected. Immanuel Congregation supported an elementary school beginning in 1876. At first the pastor served also as the teacher. After the 1890s, however, lay people from the parish generally conducted the school.



Records of the church were kept in the German language until the 1930s.



In 1957 the congregation adopted a new constitution with its name as Immanuel Lutheran Church. In 1960 the parish joined St. Paul’s of Utica in calling a common pastor. Because of declining membership, Immanuel Congregation voted to dissolve in 1976, and its property was sold.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The records of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Gresham, Nebraska, on two reels of microfilm, are arranged in eight series: 1) Constitution and Articles of Incorporation; 2) Registers, 1874-1976; 3) Minute Books, 1875-1976; 4) Account books, 1876-1897; 5) Records of the Ladies’ Aid Society, 1942-1976; 6) Records of the Parent-Teacher League, 1963-1967; 7) Records of sale and dissolution, 1976; and 8) Miscellany.



This collection contains a virtually complete set of the records of the congregation from the first constitution in 1873 to papers regarding its dissolution in 1976. The Registers include names of members, communicants, baptisms, marriages, confirmations, and burials. Minute books include treasurers’ reports giving the financial status of the parish, as well as minutes of meetings. The minutes of the Ladies’ Aid Society begin with its origin in 1942 through 1976. The minutes of the Parent-Teacher League are complete for the duration of its existence. The most important items in the Miscellany are several historical sketches of the church, one in German and several printed on the occasion of congregational anniversaries.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Constitution and Articles of Incorporation



Reel 1

Item




    1. Constitution, 1873 (three copies in German, two handwritten, and one printed)

    1. Articles of Incorporation, 1881

    1. Constitution, 1957



Series 2 – Registers, 1874-1976



Volume




    1. 1874-1891

    1. 1891-1976



Series 3 – Minute Books, 1875-1976



Volume




    1. 1875-1911

    1. 1912-1948

    1. 1949-1976



Series 4 – Account Books, 1876-1897



Volume




    1. 1876-1897



Series 5 – Records of the Ladies’ Aid Society, 1942-1976



Volume




    1. Minute Book, 1942-1960



Reel 2




    1. Minute Book, 1961-1970

    1. Minute Book, 1971-1973

    1. Minute Book, 1974-1976



Series 6 – Records of the Parent-Teacher League



Volume




    1. Minute Book, 1963-1967



Series 7 – Records of Sale and Dissolution, 1976



Folder




    1. Records relating to the sale of property and dissolution of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1976



Series 8 – Miscellany



Item




    1. Historical sketch in German, 1873-1898

    1. Seventy-fifth anniversary booklet, 1948

    1. Program of services for seventy-fifth anniversary, 1948

    1. Program of anniversary services, 1963

    1. Centennial anniversary booklet, 1973

    1. Certificate from Nebraska District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1973

    1. Joint resolution to combine St. Paul’s and Immanuel Christian Day Schools, n.d.

    1. Articles of Agreement for an interparish kindergarten, 1969

    1. Rules for Immanuel Lutheran Church scholarship

    1. Letter from Nebraska District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod regarding procedures for dissolution, 1976

    1. Letter from Nebraska District expressing regret at dissolution, 1976

    1. Notes of auction of Immanuel Lutheran Church property, 1976



 



Subject headings:



Germans in Nebraska

Gresham (Neb.) — Churches

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Gresham, Neb.)

Lutheran Church in Nebraska

York County (Neb.) — Churches



 



APD/cat           12-15-1976

Revised TMM  10-28-2009

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Nebraska airmail in the 1920s

Nebraska airmail in the 1920s

Lincoln’s Final Decree

Lincoln’s Final Decree

Throwback Thursday Photo, North Side Community Center

Throwback Thursday Photo, North Side Community Center

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.