Lutheran Historical Conference


2014 Conference Registration

Register now for the 2014 LHC Biennial meeting, to be held October 10-12 in Milwaukee, Wis. More information on logistics can be found on the registration form.

Preliminary List of Papers

  • Russell Kleckley, "‘For Things Ever to Get Better in Georgia, a Different Human Race Must Arise’: Johann Bergmann's Take on Religion and Culture in the Early American Nation”
  • Phillip Teigen, “Rev. Daniel E. Wiseman (1858-1942): Lutheran Pastor to the District of Columbia's Poor and Dispossessed”
  • Paul Prange, “The Wisconsin Synod Founds and Supports Prep Schools to Make up for Deficiencies in Popular Culture”
  • Kathryn Galchutt, “Lutherans and the Civil Rights Struggle in Selma”
  • Naomi Plocher, “Bringing Christ's Love to the Apache People: Rev. John Plocher, First Christian Missionary to the San Carlos Apache 1893-1899”
  • Jack Ferguson, “The New Song in a New Land: The Gospel Preaching, Church Planting Ministry of the Rev. Friedrich Schmid (1833-1883)”
  • Joel Otto, “Two Branches of the Lutheran Tree in the Global South: Brazil and Nigeria    
  • Bill Braun, “Lutheran Passions settings in America in Response to the Liturgical Reforms of the 20th Century”
  • Timothy Grundmeier, “National Union and Lutheran Unity: The General Synod Schism in its Civil War Context”
  • Wade Johnston, “American Ideals in German Print: The Opposition of the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference to the 1889 Bennett Law in Wisconsin”
  • Richard Baumann, “Popular Culture Divides Lutherans in the East: The "New Measures" Controversy of St. Paul's Allentown 1870-1874”
  • Joel Thoreson, “Our Man in Hollywood: The ALC's H.K. Rasbach”
  • Marilyn Stauffer, “Lutherans and NASCAR”
  • Martin Lohrmann, “The Public Theology of Theodor Geisel”
  • Dan Nommensen, “Establishment of a Wisconsin Historical Marker Recognizing the Beginnings of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod                “
  • Richard Johnson, “The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and the Missouri Synod Acculturation”
  • Leslie Weber, “How Social Activists shaped Lutheran Denominations' Social Agenda, 1975-1989”                               
  • L. DeAne Lagerquist, Kristofer Coffman, Nora Uhrich, “Locating Lutheranism: Using GIS Tools to Investigate and Interpret 19th Century Norwegian-American Lutherans”

Spring 2014 Newsletter Now Online

The Spring 2014 LHC Newsletter is now online in PDF format.

Journal of the LHC

The first issue of the LHC’s new serial publication, the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference was issued in October and has been mailed to members. This new publication will be produced annually, and will include articles on North American Lutheran history, as well as an annual bibliography of other publications in this field. The editor of the Journal is Mark Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He can be reached at Please contact him if you have manuscripts or ideas for submissions.

The first issue continued papers from the 2011 conference. Those were:

  • “From Piety to Policy: The Danish Lutheran Mission School for Indians in Oaks, Oklahoma,” by Maria Erling
  • "Arthur Simon: From Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Bread for the World,” by Kathryn M. Galchutt
  • “Trexler’s Travels: Samuel Geiss Trexler and the Emergence of International Lutheranism,” by Michael G. L. Church
  • “Lutherans, Watergate, and Morality: Engaging the Political Realm,” by David E. Settje
  • “Laughing with the Lenape: Swedes and Native Americans in Colonial Delaware,” by Kim-Eric Williams
  • “Images of the Inupiaq: The Photography and Mission Work of Helen C. Frost,” by Julieanna Frost
  • “Revolutionary Accompaniment: Lutherans and Nicaragua, 1979-1990,” by Richard M. Chapman
  • “Sister Margaret Fry at Willow Run,” by Marilyn H. Stauffer
  • “An Early American Orientalist Lutheran Perspective of Islam: Lewis Eichelberger and his Sources,” by David D. Grafton
  • “Answering the Call: The Pioneer Church Engages the World,” by Kathy Graumann
  • “Fellow Workers: Lutheran’s Service to Refugees as Public Engagement,” by L. DeAne Lagerquist
  • “Equality Denied: Lutheran Responses to the Equal Rights Amendment,” by Elisabeth A. Unruh
  • “Hannah and Marie Larsen at the Schreuder Mission in Zululand,” by Rachel Vagts
  • 2009 and 2010 Indexes of Writings in the Field of American Lutheranism as Published in the November 2010 LHC Newslette
  • Additional volumes can be purchased through Lutheran University Press at  

    Essays and Reports, Volume 22

    Lutheran Identity and Regional Distinctiveness

    Volume 22 in the LHC Essays and Reports series is now available. The volume contains the papers presented at the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the LHC, held at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., on October 12-14, 2006.

    The volume is available from Concordia Historical Institute, 804 Seminary Place, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3014. The cost is $20.00, plus $3.00 for postage and handling. Many earlier volumes, as well as other LHC publications, are also available.

    Become a Member of the LHC

    Lutheran archivists, librarians, historians and other interested individuals and institutions are invited to become members of the Lutheran Historical Conference, an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1962. Click here for membership information.

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    General Information

    The LHC holds biennial meetings at which papers on the history of Lutheranism are presented and discussed. These papers are published in a series called Essays and Reports. Monographs on American Lutheran history are also published by the conference.

    Lutheran History Resources Online

    Links to ebooks and other Lutheran history publications available on the Internet.

    Things to Come

    Watch this page for announcements of future developments and resources relating to the work of the LHC, including:

    • Electronic versions of out-of-print LHC publications
    • Descriptions of research in progress
    • Additional links to sites with resources related to Lutheran history


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