A daughter church to First Methodist Episcopal Church, Ebenezer ME was organized in 1892 by Swedish members who had moved to northeast Minneapolis. Meetings were initially held in a store at 2201 Central Avenue NE; in 1897 a brick church was erected 1835 Polk St. NE with a seating capacity of 160.
The Elim Swedish Baptist congregation was established in 1888 by Swedish immigrants who were attending meetings held in several buildings prior to constructing their church in the midst of Lutheran churches at 685 13th Ave. NE. Designed by A. G. Wass and built in 1904, this is the only one of the four congregations that is still worshipping in its original building.
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.
Different spelling of the name and a different ethnic group. This congregation was established in 1875 by Norwegian immigrants and incorporated in 1883; it was affiliated with the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. The congregation initially met in Trinity Lutheran Church, 4th St. and 9th Avenue S. However because of the distance from congregants’ homes a decision was made to purchase a Congregational Church on 4th St. NE and remodel its interior by adding an altar, pulpit and baptismal font. In 1887 they purchased lots at 1424 Monroe St.
This project documents the congregations and houses of worship that developed within the earliest neighborhoods in Twin Cities between 1849 and 1924.. Among the topics explored are communities, ethnicity and identity, relationships among congregations, intra-congregational interactions, class structure, and the role of houses of worship.