South New Hope Church announces July history presentation
For the Gazette
AMHERST JUNCTION — South New Hope Church presents “A History of Wittenberg Bethany Indian Mission (BIM)” by Professor Betty Bergland of UW-River Falls on Sunday, July 21 at 2PM.
Professor Bergland has interviewed students and staff from the mission, examined the BIM Archives at Luther Seminary, St. Paul. In addition, she has published articles on the complex and intriguing efforts of the mission.
BIM, founded by Norwegian immigrants and supported by the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America, operated from the 1880s to 1955. Bergland’s presentation will explore that past and what it may reveal about Indian/immigrant relations.
It is of note is that women’s organizations, such as Ladies Aid, from the area churches, donated money, canned fruit, and other items to help support (BIM) during those years. This look into the past promises to be an outstanding program.
South New Hope Church is located at Ct. Rd. T, ½ mile north of Hwy 161 or 1410 Cty Rd. T, Amherst Jct, WI. A $10 donation is appreciated. Contact: [email protected].