Vasa in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Vasa: Mattson's Settlement
Two men played major roles in Vasa’s development. Mattson was one of the earliest promoters of Swedish immigration to the United States. He organized and led a company of Swedish volunteers in the Civil War and later became Minnesota’s first commissioner of immigration in 1867 and its secretary of state in 1869. He later served as U.S. Consul General to India and in 1888 was named national chairman of the celebration marking the 250th anniversary of Swedish settlement in America.
Reverend Eric Norelius, who settled in Vasa in 1855, established about a dozen Lutheran congregations in southeastern Minnesota. A major force in establishing the Minnesota Conference of the Lutheran Church – the Augustana Synod – he also started the state’s first Swedish newspaper and one of its first colleges, Gustavus Adolphus, now located in St. Peter.
Vasa was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It stands today as a tribute to America's Swedish immigrants.
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Erected 1988 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 30.216′ N, 92° 43.415′ W. Marker is in Vasa, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker is on Norelius Road (County 7 Boulevard) 0.2 miles east of Old Childrens Home Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Welch MN 55089, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel William Colvill Monument (approx. 8.3 miles away); "We Must Have a Gun" (approx. 8.3 miles away); 1888 Cannon Falls Fire Hall (approx. 8.9 miles away); Goodhue County Veterans Memorial Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Depot (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Sea Wing Disaster / Victims of the Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 10.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Around Swedish America in 548 Days. Day 131 - Vasa. (Submitted on August 1, 2011.)
2. Minnesota Historical Society. Vasa Historic District. (Submitted on August 1, 2011.)
3. Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Vasa Museum. (Submitted on August 1, 2011.)
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