Food for Thought from the ELCA Archives
Dusting off the old blog to celebrate Home Movie Day in the Archives.
The embedded film’s can was labeled Augsburg LSU 1942, but after digital transfer it is pretty obvious that it is not related to Augsburg or to the Lutheran Free Church at all, but rather the Lutheran Student Union of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The campus scenes included were shot at the 1942 convention at Augustana College in Sioux Falls and at the 1944 convention at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, both colleges of the ELC. The LSU was the college-age auxilliary to the Young People’s Luther League. Executive Secretary of the YPLL from 1941-1948 was Oscar C. Hanson, whose son Mark is now the ELCA Presiding Bishop. Oscar Hanson appears in shots in this film at both conventions.
A rough timeline of the film:
0-1:05 four unidentified individuals
1:06-2:04 LSU Augustana 1942, Concordia College students exiting Dakota Bus Lines bus.
2:04-2:34 Registration, Oscar C. Hanson on steps of college building
2:34-2:40 Augustana Administration Building
2:40-3:08 Press room
4:39-6:34 LSU, Luther College, 1944, C.K. Preus Gym, arrivals, shots of buildings
6:56-7:24 More shots of Luther including Martin Luther statue
7:24-8:32 Oscar C. Hanson and students
8:32-end First Lutheran, Decorah