Sitka Lutheran Church

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Sitka Lutheran Church



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This folder includes a bulletin from 2000, an annual report from 1999, various bulletins and pamphlets from the church, correspondence, historical pamphlets from the Russian Orthodox Church, booklet about the Lutheran Church in Alaska, Alaska day booklet, pamphlet from the 1981 Sitka Salmon Derby, Sitka Lutheran Church newsletter, annual report from 1993 and 1995, tourist map of Historic Sitka, event flyers and programs,article about the Church’s stand on confessionals relative to the Scriptures, brief biography of Rev. Michael L. Meier, bulletin from pastor John S. Lindsay installation, invitation pamphlet from the church, Sitka Historical Society newsletter from1994, flyer from a free public concert on the Sitka Lutheran antique Kessler pipe organ by David Dahl (PLU), drawings of the original church building circa 1880, Sitka Lutheran Church flyer announcing their150th year celebration, and list of pastors.

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Rev. Uno Cygnaeus arrived in Sitka in May of 1840, having been sent by the Church of Finland to establish the first non-orthodox church in Russian America. Aided in this endeavor by the Governor, who was also a Finnish Lutheran, he and the others soon had a flourishing church with approximately 150 members, most of whom were Finnish craftsmen, clerks and shipwrights. In October of 1867, Alaska was formally transferred to the United States. The departure of the Russian Company left Sitka Lutheran with few members. The building was dismantled and the furnishings placed in storage. For 50 years the plot of land “given to the Lutheran Congregation in perpetuity” had no building. Then, in 1940, the ULC refounded the Sitka Church on the site. On January 2, 1966 fire destroyed the church and much of downtown Sitka. The new building was dedicated in 1967.

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