Pastor Herman Amberg Preus and his family at the first Spring Prairie parsonage, Columbia County, Wisconsin. In 1853, Preus was one of seven founders of the Norwegian Lutheran Synod in Wisconsin and served as its president for thirty-two years. Photographer Andreas Larsen Dahl was a member of his congregation and often made photographs of the Preus family as well as Synod meetings. Descendants of Preus are today major national figures in the Lutheran Church.

Photographed persons:

Preus, Herman Amberg
(Born: 1825 - Dead: 1894 - Occupation: Pastor - Further information: B. Kristiansand; Univ. of Oslo 1843-48 (BA, MA, CT); imm. 1851; Luth. Pastor, Spring Prairie, Wis. 1851-94; president, Norw. Synod 1862-94; ed. "Kirkelig Maanedstidende," Madison, Wis. 1855-66. School Calendar.)


Dahl, Andreas Larsen
(Born: 1844 - Dead: 1923 - Occupation: Pastor, Photographer - Further information: Andreas (Andrew) Larsen Dahl, born 1844 in Skrautvål, Valdres, emigrated to Wisconsin in 1868. During the 1870s he was a traveling photographer, primarily in Dane county, Wisconsin and neighboring counties. His photographs are of exceptional quality regarding both choice of motifs and technique. Dahl stopped taking pictures in 1883 when he was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. He was a dedicated minister during the next 40 years of his life. Dahl died in 1923, and his surviving photographs are now in the collection of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.)


Church history

Related places:

Spring Prairie, Wisconsin




State Historical Society of Wisconsin - Andrew Dahl Collection

Negative number:

WHi (D31) 467