“History is lived forwards, but it is written in retrospect. We know the end before we consider the beginning…” (C.V. Wedgwood)

These written histories help to show the story of our ministerial education colleges, starting at the very beginning.  Please enjoy learning of the beginnings of your colleges of ministry, starting in 1865. Be sure to check back in the future for new written histories as well!

Clicking on a cover image will take you to the chosen history. Once you are at the chosen document you may click the magnifying glass icon to search within the document or click the arrows to page forward or backward.

DMLC Histories:

DMLC: A Brief History (1884-1943)
by E. R. Bliefernicht

A Time to Remember (1884-1984)
by Morton A Schroeder

Coming in the Fall of 2020:
MLC 25 Year History (1995-2020)

 

NWC Histories:

Our Northwestern College:
The Story of its Origin and Growth (1865-1915)
by Dr. Arthur Hoermann (translated by Hans Koeller Moussa)

NOTE: This link has the original German text and an English translation. To get to the English translation, enter page 94 in the “Jump to” box and click “Go”. You will then need to click the forward arrow to get to page 1 of the English translation

Holding the Course:
Northwestern College 125
by Carleton Toppe

Holding the Course by Carleton Toppe 1990 Northwestern Publishing House. This book is available to view, download, or print for personal use by individuals only. Any commercial reproduction requires further written permission from the publisher. www.nph.net.

Joshua Zarling has translated this German history of the first 40 years of Northwestern (University) College.
The booklet was published by Northwestern Publishing House around 1915.

The History of a Lutheran College:
Northwestern University, Watertown, WI.

Original German Text

The History of a Lutheran College:
Northwestern University, Watertown, WI.

English Translation

Many more archival materials pertaining to NWC can be found in the Synod Archvies and in the archives area at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry. To schedule a visit to the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, contact cmmtours@wels.net.