Dedication of the Norelius stone at Vasa.

Dedication of the Norelius stone at Vasa

Dedication of the Norelius stone at Vasa, 1915.

Norelius House, Vasa.

Norelius House, Vasa

Norelius House, Vasa, c.1973.

Eric Norelius, Swedish-American clergyman

Eric Norelius, Swedish-American clergyman

Eric Norelius, Swedish-American clergyman.

Norelius, Eric (1833–1916)

Eric Norelius traveled to the Minnesota territorial town of Red Wing in 1855. He planned to meet with groups of immigrant Swedes looking for a Lutheran minister to lead them. The twenty-one year-old churchman thus began a six-decade ministry that served the state's Swedish Lutheran population.

Evangelical Mennonite Church, half-mile north of Mountain Lake.

Evangelical Mennonite Church, half-mile north of Mountain Lake

Description: Evangelical Mennonite Church, half-mile north of Mountain Lake, 1959.

The Mennonites of Mountain Lake

Mennonites arrived at Mountain Lake in 1873. Mennonites are a Protestant Christian group with sixteenth century European origins. Their name refers to Menno Simons, who was a Dutch religious reformer. Simons preached a fundamentalist, more literal interpretation of the Bible. He also emphasized the importance of adult baptism. Along with these beliefs, Simons promoted a simple way of life similar to Jesus Christ and the apostles. As part of his creed, he stressed the importance of Christian brotherhood, pacifism, and the primacy of family in Christian life. The tenet of pacifism played a significant role throughout Mennonite history.

Minneapolis souvenir plate with a picture of the "Pro-Cathedral" (Basilica)

Minneapolis souvenir plate with a picture of the "Pro-Cathedral" (Basilica)

Minneapolis souvenir plate with a picture of the "Pro-Cathedral" (Basilica), created after 1913.

Choir boys with palm leaves, Basilica of St. Mary

Choir boys with palm leaves, Basilica of St. Mary

Choir boys with palm leaves, Basilica of St. Mary, c.1940.

Altar service, Basilica of St. Mary

Altar service, Basilica of St. Mary

Altar service, Basilica of St. Mary, December 8, 1936.

Procession leaving the Basilica of St. Mary for the dedication of the statue of Father Louis Hennepin

Procession leaving the Basilica of St. Mary for the dedication of the statue of Father Louis Hennepin

Procession leaving the Basilica of St. Mary for the dedication of the statue of Father Louis Hennepin at Hennepin and Superior avenues in Minneapolis. Photograph by the Minneapolis Journal, October 12, 1930.

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