In 1853, at the invitation of a handful of Norwegian-Americans, the Rev. H.A. Preus rode into Madison by horse from Spring Prairie to lead worship once a month. Initially services were held in homes. Two years later, the Norwegian Evangelical Church of Madison was officially established and worship began in the chapel of Grace Episcopal Church.
By 1862 the small group had merged with another Norwegian Lutheran congregation and together built their first worship facility on the corner of Hamilton and Butler.
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