Bethany Archives

Bethany Lutheran Church has a large collection of membership records, papers, documents, minutes of the congregation and its organizations, books, periodicals, photographs, and other memorabilia of historical interest. In 1986 the congregation authorized the formation of an archives committee to organize and preserve this material. These items were previously stored in the office storeroom, the sacristy and any other available space.

Archives Desk Bethany has an Archives Committee that meets regularly. The Minutes, membership records, "Flyttning" certificates etc. from the time of the organization of the church in 1869 to the present are available for family research. Send requests for information from the records to the church office at 320 N Main, Lindsborg, KS 67456 or Phone requests for information may be made to the church office at 785-227-2167, Charlotte Ternstrom at 785-227-2459, or Chet Peterson at 785-227-2646 / Personal visits for information can be arranged and all requests for information will be answered.

Archives Racks The original committee of four, Eunice Anderson ,Charlotte Ternstrom, Leon Lungstrom and Chester Peterson, began the tremendous task of gathering, organizing preserving, and finding suitable space for this material. They soon discovered the need to make copies of fragile material onto acid-free paper and to translate the congregational minutes from Swedish into English (66 years, from 1869 to 1934). The translation was accomplished by dedicated volunteers – Alvida Larson, Eddra Palmquist, Ingeborg Hopkins, Eunice Anderson, Leon Lungstrom, Ruby Nelson, Inga-Lill Eliason, Lola Swenson and typists – Dorothy Lindahl, Emma Sundberg, Mary Anne Almquist, Barbara Wickberg and Ruby Nelson.

We have two volunteer archivists, Charlotte Ternstrom and Chester Peterson, who are available to help anyone interested in finding information about their early family members or other adtivities of the church. They can be reached at the church office or so that they can arrange a time to assist you on the computer or in the archives files. Charlotte and Chester are available to give programs on the archives for church and community organizations.

Further Information and Reading: Lindsborg Old Mill Records