When Church Librarian, Susan Setterlin, asked me to help out with a display or slideshow for the anniversary celebration in June, I readily agreed. I knew that there were just piles of old snapshots waiting to be sifted through. I was right, and these “archives” have proved to be a treasure trove of images telling the story of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. There are some holes in the collection, and I hope that folks will be willing to help me fill them. If you have any people pictures you’re willing to share, I’d love to borrow and scan them. You will be able to keep your originals, but the church would gain a bit of its history, too.
As I sifted through the boxes of snapshots, I found fascinating all the shots of the church that represent lost views, views of places and things, or just angles and viewpoints, that simply don’t exist anymore. I thought I’d share a few (larger photos can be found at www.engagedbygrace.org). Feel free to try and figure out the exact spots where these shots were taken. For those who have been around Holy Trinity for many years, these will be memories. For some of us, it helps to clear up exactly how the church building has evolved over the years.
- The original church building. I believe this picture was taken from the corner of Northwest and Westwood around 1980. Can you figure out which windows are where now?
- The bell tower in its original position.
- A view of the rose window of the original sanctuary, you can see the tip-top of the bell tower over the roof. Look at all that ivy!
- A lovely wrought iron gate. I’m not completely sure where this was, so if you know, please enlighten me. Anyone want to take bets on whether these old gates can be found tucked away in the basement?
- This is my favorite. This shot was taken during the construction to close in the courtyard. I think the vantage point is one of the now enclosed dormer windows in the preschool/Sunday school hall.
Look for more interesting shots soon, and a whole slideshow before the anniversary. Wedding, confirmation, and other ministry pictures you might have would be wonderful to add to the mix. ~Elli Cucksey