This pamphlet, written by Rev. Joel W. Lundeen, Associate Archivist of the Lutheran Church of America and adjunct professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, tells the story of the Illinois Synod, Lutheran Church in America, and contains a dozen sketches of Lutheran churches in the state of Illinois that were established between 1816 and 1849. I visited Lutheran churches in Dongola, Hillsboro, Mount Carmel, Springfield, Mount Morris, Oregon, Beardstown, Dixon, Rock Grove, Trivoli, Andover, and Moline, Illinois and saw firsthand what has become of them since the days when their members gathered in log huts, threshing barns, and even in blacksmith shops for religious services and prayers. Some of the early churches have disappeared and their foundations are covered with fertile farmland. Others have been built and remodeled time and time again to serve as fitting monuments of those who built their church and put their trust in the hands of God.
The booklet is a project of the Illinois Synod, Lutheran Church in America, and was published by the Bicentennial Committee, Illinois Synod, Lutheran Church in America, Rock Island, Illinois, 1976. It was funded through a grant to Augustana College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.