Color image of Old Westbrook Church, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Old Westbrook Church

Old Westbrook Church, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Old Westbrook Lutheran Church

The history of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church is the history of Cottonwood County since its organization in 1870. The earliest settler-colonists in the county were the same people who later organized the first Lutheran parish west of New Ulm.

Color image of the Schmidt family gravestone in Westbrook Cemetery, ca. 2017.

Schmidt family gravestone in Westbrook Cemetery

The Schmidt family gravestone in Westbrook Cemetery, ca. 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Black and white photograph of the Wiens family homestead, ca. 1950s

Wiens family homestead

The Wiens family homestead, site of the Bible studies meetings that led to the formation of Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church. Photograph by Mountain Lake Studio, ca. 1950s.

Color image of Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, Minnesota (1949–2005). Photograph ca. 2000s.

Carson Mennonite Brethren Church

Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, Minnesota (1949–2005), ca. 2000s.

Map of the homesteads of members of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church.

Map of the homesteads of members of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church

Map showing the locations of the homesteads of Heinrich Ewert and Johann Wiebe, original members of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, date unknown. Printed in Elaine Kroeker’s A Culture of Call: The Story of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church (Free Press Books, 2014).

Black and white photograph of Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (1885–1949); date unknown.

Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church

Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (1885–1949); date unknown. The first part of the building was completed in 1885, the second in 1892.

Mennonite Migration to Cottonwood County

Believing that war and violence are inconsistent with Jesus’s teachings to love one’s enemies, a group of people from Molotschna Colony, Russia—Mennonites of Dutch descent—searched for a permanent home in the early 1870s. They found such a place, where they could follow their faith without persecution, in Minnesota’s Cottonwood County.

Color image of a silver cross pendant found at the Réaume site, 2012.

Silver cross pendant found at the Réaume site

Silver cross pendant found at the Réaume site, 2012. It is similar to those recovered at other late eighteenth-century trading posts. Photograph by Don Hoffmann.

Black and white photograph of the senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church, Minneapolis, ca. 1960.

Senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church

Senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church, Minneapolis, ca. 1960.

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