NDSU Library publishes Church
Book: Evangelical Lutheran Hoffnungs Gemeinde 1904-1944
March 11, 2008
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased
to announce the publication of Church Book: Evangelical
Lutheran Hoffnungs Gemeinde 1904-1944.
This book is a translation of the original church
record books from the Hoffnungs Church. The German
script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler
- Dickinson, ND and compiled by Orion A. Rudolph -
The Hoffnungs Church is one of seventeen Evangelical
Lutheran Congregations churches in McIntosh County,
North Dakota. These rural congregations are now associated
with Zion Lutheran Church, Ashley.
The Hoffnungs Gemeinde church book contains baptismal
registers, meeting minutes, communion registers, death
registers, offerings, member registers, marriages,
and burials. As a special enhancement for the book,
Rudolph photographed all the tombstones at Hope Cemetery
(the cemetery at the Hoffnungs Church site). Rudolph
also compiled all dates and had the inscriptions translated.
When asked why he got involved with this large project,
Rudolph said, “Spiritual drive...the more I
got involved, and with Dorothea's encouragement, the
more spiritual drive I had for this project.”
He wants the books to be accessible in the English
language so future English speaking generations can
read these books.
To purchase the $30.00 book, please contact the GRHC
For more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd_history/huffnungs.html.
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael