Entries tagged with ‘Eric Norelius’

Words of Wisdom

“Looking back upon its history, I can plainly perceive that the Lord has had our school in his hands.” Gustavus founder, Eric Norelius, on the 25th anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College in 1887

Words of Wisdom

“Whatever we do, let us do it well. Let the quality of our work be good—this will  recommend our work and we cannot help but go forward.” Eric Norelius, May 9, 1887

Factoid Friday

On this day in 1916, the founder of Gustavus, Eric Norelius passed away. He had  been a minister, teacher, author,  and church leader in the Midwest for over 60 years. In 1967,  the College dedicated its new co-educational residence hall to him—a fitting touch, since Norelius supported co-education from the College’s founding in 1862.

Factoid Friday!

Did you know…. In 1993 two awards were created to recognize the administrative and staff employees for exceptional service and dedication to the College. Awarded each year on “Founders Day” (Oct. 31 the day Old Main was dedicated), the Eric Norelius Award goes to a deserving administrator and the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award goes to […]

Tuesday Trivia

This week’s Tuesday Trivia question: How much money did his congregation appropriate so that Pastor Eric Norelius could start a parochial school at his church? A. $20 B. $100 C. $1200 D. $3000 The answer will be posted at 6:00pm CST  

Blast from the Past!

This is a picture of Gustavus founder, Eric Norelius, and his wife, Inga Charlotta, in 1855. Pastor Norelius started the first semester in 1862 with one student. Do you think they could have ever imaged the college that now educates over 2,300 students each year?

Factoid Friday!

In 1862, a congregation of of Swedish Lutheran immigrants in Red Wing,  Minn., appropriated funds so their pastor, Eric Norelius, might start a school for their children. Other congregations in the Minnesota Conference of the new Augustana Synod were seeking “preachers and teachers” and appealed to Norelius to open his school to their students as […]