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Taming Death: An Early Immigrant Church and Its Burial Customs in Western Minnesota

By Evelyn Ostlie

CulturePart of the Historical Essay Series, this essay discusses the Norwegian immigrants' "New Scandinavia" of Minnesota, their desire for a strong church, and the concerns of death and burial within the community.

The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski. It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History Department, the History Club, the History Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services. Additional thanks for supporting go to the State University Q7 Initiative Fund.

Evelyn Ostlie is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University, where she earned a B.A. in History.

SSLRH, 1992

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