Black and white photograph of Rev. Eric Norelius, founder of the school that would become Gustavus Adolphus College.

Rev. Eric Norelius

Rev. Eric Norelius, founder of the school that would become Gustavus Adolphus College.

Color image of the base of an obelisk monument in Brook Park commemorating the victims of the 1894 fire, August 7, 2017. Photograph by Alan W. Slacter.

Base of monument to 1894 fire victims

The base of an obelisk monument in Brook Park commemorating the victims of the 1894 fire, August 7, 2017. Photograph by Alan W. Slacter.

Color image of the obelisk monument in Brook Park Cemetery commemorating the victims of the 1894 fire, August 7, 2017. Photograph by Alan W. Slacter.

Brook Park Cemetery monument to 1894 fire victims

Obelisk monument in Brook Park Cemetery commemorating the victims of the 1894 fire, August 7, 2017. Photograph by Alan W. Slacter.

Jewish Immigrants in Brook Park

The village of Brook Park supported a small but vital Jewish community for a brief period in the mid-1890s. That community dispersed after the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed the village on September 1, 1894, just months after many of the immigrants had arrived.

Color image of the original parsonage of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church, now a church museum, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Old Westbrook Lutheran Church museum

The original parsonage of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church, now a church museum, 2017. Photograph by Dave Van Loh.

Black and white photograph of the altar of Old Westbrook Church, Cottonwood County, 1972. Photograph by Clifford M. Renshaw.

Altar of Old Westbrook Church

The altar of Old Westbrook Church, Cottonwood County, 1972. Photograph by Clifford M. Renshaw.

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.

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