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Embarrass in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Apostolic Lutheran Church

Apostolic Lutheran Church marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 27, 2017
1. Apostolic Lutheran Church marker
Inscription.  Woodsmen and railroaders comprised the sparse population of the Embarrass area until the late 1800s, when a permanent community was established by Finnish immigrants. In 1905, Embarrass Township was incorporated, and the Finnish settlers began to construct homes, schools and churches.

The Apostolic Lutheran Church, built in 1906 on donated land, is the oldest existing church in Embarrass. Its simple and restrained Gothic design is characteristic of many Lutheran churches in rural Minnesota. For several years before the church was constructed, members held services in their homes. In the early years, local preachers such as John Pylkka and Isaac Lamppa, Sr., led the services. Because the church was not affiliated with an official American synod, sacraments were sanctioned in Finland. The first wedding, a double ceremony, was held in the church four years after it was built. On March 27, 1910, Matt and Eva Norha and Gregorius and Maria Hanka spoke their vows before the Reverend John Pollari.

Pictured with Isaac Lamppa, Sr., is the 1925–26 confirmation class. The confirmed are from Apostolic Lutheran congregations throughout

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northeastern Minnesota who boarded with Embarrass families while preparing for the sacrament.

Services are still held in this church on special occasions, and its board meets annually.
Erected by Northeast Minnesota: The Wild North.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 47° 39.53′ N, 92° 13.463′ W. Marker is in Embarrass, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker can be reached from County Highway 21 west of County Highway 558. On north side of County Highway 21, directly opposite the modern Hope Lutheran Church. Accessed by a pullthrough up a slight hill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5083 Co Hwy 21, Embarrass MN 55732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Embarrass Co-op (approx. 1.2 miles away); Alma Norha Playhouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nelimark Sauna (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hanka Homestead (approx. 2.4 miles away); Longyear Drill Site (approx. 8.6 miles away); This Piece of Rock (approx. 8.7 miles away); Edmund J. Longyear (approx. 8.7 miles away); First Diamond Drill Hole in the State of Minnesota (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Embarrass.
More about this marker. Marker is to the west of the church.

Apostolic Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 28, 2017
2. Apostolic Lutheran Church
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 87 times this year. Last updated on December 27, 2018, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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