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EELK Esimene Chicago Kogudus (Estonian First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois) records

Identifier: IHRC3092


Collection consists of records from the First Estonian Ev. Lutheran Congregation in Chicago (constitution and by-laws, minutes, budgets and financial reports, correspondence, bulletin "Teated", information sheets and communications to congregation, church song collection, booklets, letters of membership applications, information about members, information about former members transferred to other congregations) and records from other institutions (Estonian Ev. Lutheran St. Paul's Congregation in Chicago, Estonian Ev. Lutheran Chicago Synod, Estonian House of Chicago).


  • 1950-2000


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E.E.L.K. (Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church) Chicago First Congregation was founded in 1950 by reverend Valter Viks. In 1951 Viks was appointed as the resident pastor and Harald Tults as the chairman of the Church Council. Services were held first in Bethel Church until 1950, in Augustana Lutheran Church until 1957, then in Messiah Lutheran Church. After the death of reverend Viks in 1959, Karl Kiisk was elected as the new pastor, succeeded by Johan Teras in 1962, Elmar Kuusler in 1968, Elmar Pähn in 1975, Valter Kopperman in 1978, J. Teras again in 1982 and Arnold Talistu in 1988. Karl Plaks was the chairman in 1952-1965, followed by Hans Laube. EELK Chicago St. Paul Congregation - Pastor Elmar Pähn held the first service in 1957 in Trinity Lutheran Church. The congregation was incorporated in 1960 with 260 members. They rented Luther Memorial Church in Chicago for services. Pastor Pähn served until 1978, he was succeded by Valter Koppermann. Jaan Jaagund, Johan Holberg, August Võhma have chaired the Church Council.


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Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), the BaltherNet non-profit network, and the IHRC Archives in May 2014. Birgit Nurme and Pille Aguraiuja of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


IHRC3784 - Kopperman, Valter, IHRC3733 - Holberg, Johan

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