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Archives & Special Collections: Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Papers



The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Papers

Date Span: c. 1900-1970

Acquisition Number: N/A

Creator: Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church

Donor: Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church

Date of Acquisition: 2010

Extent: 6 .pdf files

Format: Digital .pdf documents

Language: English

Locations: The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State

Processed: Scanned and processed 2010, Chris Root, Lynn Lombardo, and Chris Morgan; reprocessed 2017, Hope Dunbar

Information on Use

Access: 
The Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Papers Collection is open for research. Materials are only available on microfilm for access within the department. Appointment required.

Reproduction of Materials: 
See Archivist for information on reproducing materials from this collection, including photocopies, digital camera images, or digital scans, as well as copyright restrictions that may pertain to these materials. 

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Preferred Citation: 
[Description and dates], Box/Item/Reel number, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Papers, The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

Biographical Note:
The congregation first met in January 1904 and was known as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Bethany Church.  A place of worship was found and services began in August 1904 at the German Evangelical Church on Michigan Avenue near Main Street. With the congregation growing, they purchased at lot in 1906 and built a church of their own at Ferry Avenue and Twenty-Seventh Street.  A part-time pastor served the congregation until June 1929 when Reverend Joshua E. Nelson accepted the position as full-time pastor. With no room physically to expand the church at the present location, the congregation bought a larger piece of property at Hyde Park Blvd. at Porter Road.  The church was “physically” moved to this new location in July 1941.

Then, in 1948, the church changed its name to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. As the congregation grew in new members, the original church was becoming too small.  In the fall of 1957, construction began on a larger church.  Designed by local architect Charles F. Obenback, the new church was ready for its first service on November 8, 1959. After a period of sharing a pastor with Zion Lutheran Church located on Michigan Avenue, Bethany Lutheran closed and merged with Zion Lutheran in 1984. The church location of Bethany Lutheran on Hyde Park is now occupied by Word of Life Ministries.

Scope and Contents:
Files contain a variety of materials. Please ask an archivist for assistance.

Inventory:

Ledgers

  • Church Register – Early 1900’s
  • Church Directory – 1973
  • Book of Remembrance
  • Holy Communion Record 1969-1979
  • Trustee Minutes 1930-1960
  • Ledger of Minutes – 1906-1918

Church Status

Bethany Lutheran closed and merged with Zion Lutheran in 1984. The church location of Bethany Lutheran on Hyde Park is now occupied by Word of Life Ministries.

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