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Volume Listing > Volume 24 > Scandinavian Moravians in Wisconsin

Schafer, Joseph, 1867-1941 "Scandinavian Moravians in Wisconsin"


Scandinavian Moravians in Wisconsin: This article gives a brief summation of the development of the Moravian (United Brethren) religion and its adherents, who largely came from Scandinavia. Andreas M. Iverson (1823-1907), a Moravian missionary from Norway, set sail to the United States in 1849 and traveled to Milwaukee to assemble a congregation. Along with the German Rev. John Frederick Fett and Nils Otto Tank (1800-1864), an aristocratic Norwegian and Moravian religious leader, Iverson established a commune on the Fox River in what is now part of Green Bay. However, disputes between Tank and the colonists over land titles eventually caused Iverson and the majority of the community to seek residence elsewhere. In 1853 Iverson established Ephraim in Door County with funding from Rev. H. A. Schultz from Bethlehem, New York. The article closes with a description of Iverson’s character traits, his brief role as pastor of churches at Leland and Mission Point (Norway) in La Salle County, Illinois, and his return to Ephraim to continue his difficult missionary work. (14 pages)

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Citation: Schafer, Joseph, 1867-1941 "Scandinavian Moravians in Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 24 /Issue: 1 (1940-1941)

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