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Carl A. Swensson

Carl A. Swensson
Date: Between 1889 and 1890
This black and white photograph shows Reverend Dr. Carl A. Swensson. He was the leader of the Swedish Lutheran Church and founder of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The photograph was taken by Bror Gustaf Grondal in Lindsborg, Kansas.


Ling gymnasium in Lindsborg, Kansas

Ling gymnasium in Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Grondal, B.G.
Date: Between 1895 and 1899
These two cabinet cards show Ling Gymnasium in Lindsborg, Kansas. The earlier of the two photos captures the gymnasium under construction; the building was completed in 1895. Ling Gymnasium was an all-wood, sixteen-sided structure built on the campus of Bethany College. It had a seating capacity of 3,500 and was used for athletic and physical education activities. Ling Gymnasium also served as the venue for performances of the Messiah prior to construction of Presser Hall. The gymnasium was named after Per Henrick Ling, noted Swede who pioneered physical education and gymnastics training regimens. Ling Gymnasium was destroyed by fire in 1946.


Main building at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas

Main building at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas
Date: Between 1886 and 1887
This is a copy of an engraving showing the main building at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The building was razed in 1968.


Messiah performers and chorus at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas

Messiah performers and chorus at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Grondal, B.G.
Date: April 10, 1900-April 15, 1900
This is a photograph showing the Messiah performers and chorus plus views of the Ladies Hall and the Main College building at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. On the back of the photograph, is the Messiah program.


Oscar Lofgren

Oscar Lofgren
Date: Between 1920 and 1925
A portrait of Oscar Lofgren, one time president-elect, Director of Bethany Conservatory in Lindsborg, Kansas.


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