History of East Koshkonong Lutheran Church
East Koshkonong is the first Norwegian American congregation
started by a Church of Norway missionary. J.W.C. Dietrichson preached his
first sermon in the United States for the people on the eastern part of the
Koshkonong Prairie on September 1, 1843. These pioneers made a commitment to
start a congregation on October 9, 1843. We have two buildings, what we
fondly call the “Upper Church,” which is the historic church to the west,
and the “Lower Church,” the primarily used building to the east. The twin
steeples are a prominent landmark in our community.
Norwegians were not the first people to care for the land at our place. The word “Koshkonong” means “the lake we live on” in either Potawatomi or Ojibwe. The churches are on the very eastern edge of this regional area. Where is the Koshkonong Prairie? Map of Koshkonong Prairie
We have a state certified historical marker discussing the stories of the two steeples and the Norwegian roots.
Churches at the Koshkonong Prairie, Wisconsin
Prepared By Blaine Hedberg, 1995
Author: Oddvar Natvik (08/25/2005)
J.W.C. Dietrichson at Koshkonong
By Rev. Clint Schnekloth
This article was written for The Lutheran Forum, Fall 2009
Interested in Genealogy?
EKLC has deep roots. People often contact EKLC for genealogical research. The History Team has many resources to help you find your family history.
● Baptismal records
● Wedding records
● Confirmation records
● Funeral records
Find a Grave at EKLC
Please contact the church office for more information.