The church building is a testimonial to Elling Eielsen (Hauge Synod), the Norwegian who first began Lutheran worship services in North America in 1839.
Norway, Illinois - the oldest permanent Norwegian settlement in North America, founded in 1834 by pioneer Cleng Peerson and the Sloopers
We dedicated to support the Norsk Museum, the Norwegian culture and arts. To honor and preserve the memory of the Norwegian forefathers who broke the prairie land we enjoy today. To educate the next generations about their heritage, the 1825 Sloopers, Cleng Peerson and the many Norwegian pioneers who followed up to eighty years later.
The Norwegian Center Incorporated