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Emanuel Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

A daughter of Augustana Lutheran Church, the city’s first Swedish Lutheran Congregation, Emanuel traces its history back to 1872, when a group of Swedish immigrants began to meet in a room on Main Street NE.  By 1878, the group had grown and organized a Sunday School that was taken over by Augustana.  Six years later, Swedish Lutherans in Northeast Minneapolis petitioned Augustana to organize an independent congregation.  The new congregation met in the Methodist Episcopal Chapel at Broadway and Jefferson (1884) and decided to purchase the Baptist Church on the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th St. SE.  However, it became apparent that this building was not close to its congregants and it was sold and lots were purchased at 697 13th Ave. NE. A new church designed by Omeyer and Thori was erected; first services were held in the sanctuary in 1899 (another source says 1896).  The church was dedicated August 21, 1904. The congregation was worshipping in the building in 1936; later information not available. 

 The building now (2013) houses Strong Tower Parish.

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