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Welcome to Lutheran Historical Society of the
The Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic was formed in
1989 as a reorganization of The Historical Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
North America begun in 1952 and of its predecessor organizations, the first of which was
founded in 1843.
The mission of The Society is to preserve, to document, and to
share the history of Lutherans and Lutheranism in the Middle Atlantic and adjoining areas.
About the Lutheran Historical Society of the
Mid-Atlantic . . .
History of the Lutheran Historical Society of
The Historical Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States of North
America was first organized in 1843 by Dr. Samuel Simon Schmucker, the first professor of
the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa. Thus began a collection of
significant early Lutheran works from both Europe and America which is presently housed at
the Seminary. During the 1950s, the Society became inactive and was declared defunct by
the United Lutheran Church in America, the body to which it reported regularly.
In the fall of 1988 interest in the Society surfaced again and a group of 20 persons met
to reactivate the organization. That was accomplished during the following year by 48
persons who signed in as Charter Members from among the 57 who attended its first meeting.
The group took the name The Lutheran Historical Society, Gettysburg as the successor to
the previous Society. Recently the name has changed to the Lutheran Historical Society of
The mission of the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic is to preserve, to
document, and to stir interest in the rich Lutheran traditions which are the foundation of
the church. Specifically, the Society intends to foster knowledge and use of Lutheran
history in the synods and congregations and among individuals.
The Society carries out its mission by:
- Encouraging the collection and preservation of archival materials;
- Stimulating interest in synodical and congregational history;
- Assisting scholarly research;
- Publishing a newsletter; and
- Maintaining communication with others active in the field of
Lutheran church history.
You can reach LHS/MA by mail at:
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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