Dedication of the Archive Cabinet
January 28, 2018    Archival Updates from Arene Rice


Archives Cabinet Updates from Arlene Rice

3/4/18 - Have you been able to stop and view the contents of our new Archives Cabinet as yet. There is a lovely plaque presented to Zion from Catholic Charities on August 27, 1972. The inscription is as follows:  Asking God’s blessings on the people of Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca whose ecumenical effort provided Key Row Community with the scene site on the banks of the Rum River. Watch each month for my update or stop at the cabinet and be surprised what you may find. 

4/1/18 - Two of our dear deceased members, namely Eileen McBroom and Martha Norrgard, spent many hours to compile scrapbooks for our cabinet. Martha's scrapbook dates from 1893 to 2003 and Eileen's book is titled 80 Years at Zion. Take some time to remove them for an hour or so and enjoy the contents. You will enjoy them immensely. There are many songbooks containing the songs we sang in Sunday School, Confirmation and Luther League. Three of my favorites from the Junior Hymnal are Living for Jesus, Under the Stars and I Became A Christian. The last one was sung at every baptism.       Arlene Rice

5/1/18 - Our quilting ladies discovered a numbers of beautiful stoles down in the lower level of our church and we now have them displayed in the archives cabinet.  We have no way of knowing their age but stop and see the embroidery and work displayed in them   There is a small Memorial Plaque on a shelf and on it Is the inscription: Memorial Plaque for the furnishings of the Sacristy (the room behind the pulpit where sacred vessels and vestments are kept). In memory of the departed members of Zion Lutheran Church.  There are 12 names listed, mostly Rosenberg and Peterson families and dates from 1936 to1951. Be sure to stop and see if your loved ones name is printed there. 
Arlene Rice 


There are two beautiful Eucharistic Chalices given in memory of Mrs. Alec Nelson, dated 1861-1941, on a shelf for all to see in the cabinet. Beside them is a large gold cross that was on our altar at one time and it is in memory of Harold Raymond Anderson, dated 1922-1943, when he was killed in action. It was given by the Henry Anderson family, Henry, Hilda, and their daughters Doris and Sylvia. The Andersons owned the Red and White grocery store in Milaca and there was always a little bag of candy tucked into one bag for the children of the household.

There is a plaque from the Minnesota Legislature presented to Zion Lutheran Church on its 110th birthday on October 31, 2003. Zion Lutheran Church was originally known as the Swedish Lutheran Church. The plaque has the Great Seal of Minnesota and the Seal of Recognition and signed by Sondra Erickson, State Representative. 

Arlene Rice 

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