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Historical church aims to preserve history and engage with community

Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is now a museum located on Walnut Street in Manistee. The church contains many of the books and artifacts originally used in the 1860's when the church opened its doors.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan church has recieved national recognition for its long time history, and now organizers are looking to get the community involved in preserving the memories and artifacts.

Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is now a museum located on Walnut Street in Manistee. The church contains many of the books and artifacts originally used in the 1860's when the church opened its doors.

The building was built in 1868, a year before the first congregation. It’s the oldest existing Danish Lutheran church in the United States.

In 1972, the church was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. It’s also on the list of Michigan State Historical Sites.

Services were held at the Danish Lutheran Church until 1970 when it was opened as a museum and and 501C3.

“I think it’s such a beautiful building and I’ve lived within three blocks of here all my life, I would hate for something else to happen to it,” said Mary Ann Grabovski, Vice President of Our Saviour’s Historical Society.

Cooper said they hope anyone in the community with family artifacts or history on the Danish culture in the community will consider contributing the memorabilia to the museum. They plan to expand the exhibit to the basement for more artifacts, photos and and history.

Organizers have several speakers signed up to speak at forums that will be held at the church next summer. They range anywhere from musicians and historians, to physicians and medical care experts.


Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will have an open house December 17, from 6 to 8 PM.

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