Class of '40
November 2006

Greetings from Connecticut to all my classmates from the Class of 1940!

It can’t be possible that so many years have passed since we graduated.  Carl Lofgren called and suggested that I write a letter with reminiscences about the Augustana Heritage Association meeting which took place at Chautauqua, NY, Sept. 14-17.

I’m sure you recall that The Augustana Synod was the supporting church while we were in school.  It became one of the churches that formed the present Lutheran Church in America.  Augustana Heritage is a group of clergy and lay people who have been gathering every other year for the last 10 years.  Anyone who was a part of the church is welcome to attend.

Chautauqua is a wonderful location for such a gathering.  Situated on Lake Chautauqua it is a sought after summer resort where people come (some for all summer) to enjoy the environment, the symphony orchestra, the opera, dramas, prominent speakers and distinguished clergymen, etc.  The main place of assembly is a large open air amphitheater, with organ and piano which seats a large number of people.

I’m perhaps prejudiced because I grew up in Jamestown, about 18 miles from there.  During the summer months we went to Chautauqua for vespers and other events.  It was here I heard Sousas Band, entertainers such as Perry Como, Jack Benny and enjoyed my first operas.

At this gathering we stayed at a large old picturesque hotel called the Atheneum.  It is a very large Victorian Hotel with several large dining rooms, gathering rooms and a large porch that wraps around the hotel, situated on Lake Chautauqua.  The lake is about 20 miles long.  Because we all stayed at the same hotel there was much time for socializing.

We worshipped using the Augustana liturgy and sang hymns that brought back fond memories.

Speakers and discussion group leaders were mostly from within the group with one exception.  That was a pastor from Sweden who spoke wonderful English.  He was extremely knowledgeable about hymns.  It was very inspirational to hear about the hymns and sing them with such a large group.

Lunch one day was designated as reunion time.  Each person was given a box lunch and the intent was that the reunion group would picnic by the lake or on the wonderful porch―but naturally that was the day it rained.  The dining room became the picnic ground.  We still had plenty of time for our reunions―and learn about our college and seminary classmates.

Those of us who attended will have fond memories for a long time.  On to Bethany College and Lindsborg, Kansas in 2008.  Come join us.

Sincerely―with fond memories,

Evelyn Nordstrom Johnson

1940 Guest letter writer

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