Lutheran Education Society

 

  • Collection Number A-007
  • Collection Size: 2.2 linear feet

This collection consists of three sections:

Historical Note

In 1907, the question of keeping Concordia Gymnasium in Hawthorne, NY or finding a new location was on the mind of influential members of higher education. The need for a society to improve living conditions for the students and promote Lutheran higher education in general was an imminent matter. Five well known names in the East Coast Lutheran education circle (Henry Ressmeyer, F. C. Heckel, Martin Walker, W. F. Schoenfeld and W. Koepchen) stepped up and formed The Lutheran Education Society (LES). When they took an objective look at the Hawthorne facility, they became aware of its lack of water and proper plumbing, as well as other problems. As a result, a plan was developed to move the institution to a better location.

After much preliminary work, a 14 acre site was purchased in 1908 in Bronxville for $53,000. The LES promised to raise $40,000 with the help of congregations in the East; the Synod appropriated the same amount and with the proceeds from the sale of the facility in Hawthorne, the ground for Concordia College, Bronxville was broken on February, 23rd, 1909. On November 9th of the same year, the first three buildings were dedicated.

This just highlights the beginning of the Lutheran Education Society; its active membership and the society became a very important entity of the Concordia System for Higher Education in the East. It was called upon innumerable times for major fundraising. Through its publicity committee, the awareness of the need for Lutheran Education was brought into many congregations.

Soon after the first three buildings at Concordia were dedicated, funds were raised for an athletic field; three years after the athletic field was fenced, a campaign raised $145,000 to build the Schoenfeld Gymnasium. Success continued over many decades, in fact all buildings on the present campus plus faculty housing can be attributed to the active fundraising role of the Lutheran Education Society.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is organized into three major groups: Correspondence, Meetings and Publications. Each subject group is organized by topics in alphabetical order. The “Meetings” category is separated into Board of Governors and Regular Society meetings; the latter includes minutes of the dinner meetings as well. The collection does not seem to be complete as the correspondence portion contains large gaps. Additions to the collection will be incorporated into this series as they become available.

Folder List

Description Years Box #
Albany District Chapter   1
By-Laws, Constitution   1
Correspondence 1907-1908 1
Correspondence 1909 1
Correspondence 1910 1
Correspondence 1911 1
Correspondence 1912-1913 1
Correspondence 1914 1
Correspondence 1915 1
Correspondence 1916 1
Correspondence 1917 1
Correspondence 1918 1
Correspondence 1919 1
Correspondence 1920 1
Correspondence 1921 1
Correspondence 1922-1923 1
Correspondence 1924 2
Correspondence 1925 2
Correspondence 1926 2
Correspondence 1930-1931 2
Correspondence 1934-1935 2
Correspondence 1936-1937 2
Correspondence 1938 2
Correspondence 1939 2
Correspondence 1940-1945 2
Correspondence 1946-1948 2
Correspondence 1949-1951 2
Correspondence 1952-1957 2
Correspondence 1958-1962 2
Correspondence 1963-1969 2
Correspondence 1977-1992 2
Correspondence undated 2
Financial Papers various 2
General Information 1959 - 1960 3
Investment Fund 1971 - 1972 3
Meetings: Ballots   3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1930 - 1935 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1936 - 1941 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1942 - 1949 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1950 - 1955 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1956 - 1961 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1962 - 1965 3
Meetings: Board of Directors 1966 - 1968 3
Meetings: Board of Directors Membership Roster 3
Meetings: Promotion Committee 1949 - 1952 4
Meetings: Regular Feb 1907 - Jul 1912 4
Meetings: Regular - handwritten Feb 1907 - Jul 1913 5
Meetings: Regular Sep 1912 - Jun 1916 4
Meetings: Regular Mar 1916 - Dec 1917 4
Meetings: Regular Dec 1924 - Dec 1928 4
Meetings: Regular Mar 1930 - Dec 1935 4
Meetings: Regular Mar 1936 - Oct 1939 4
Meetings: Regular Feb 1940 - Dec 1941 5
Meetings: Regular Dec 1943 - Dec 1949 5
Meetings: Regular Jan 1950 - Sep 1955 5
Meetings: Regular Oct 1955 - Nov 1960 5
Meetings: Regular Apr 1961 - Mar 1970 5
Membership List 1949-1950, 1966,1986 5
Planning Book ca. 1944 5
Publication: Bulletins 1909 - 1911 6
Publication: Bulletins 1911 - 1917 6
Publication: Bulletins 1918 - 1922 6
Publication: Bulletins 1923 - 1929 6
Publication: Bulletins 1944 - 1949 6
Publication: News Letter 1953 - 1959 6
Publication: Celebration 10th & 15th Anniv   6
Publication: Celebration 20th Anniversary 1927 6
Publication: Celebration 25th Anniversary 1932 6
Publication: Celebration 30th Anniversary 1937 6
Publication: Celebration 35th Anniversary 1942 6
Publication: Celebration 45th Anniversary 1952 6
Publication: Celebration 50th Anniversary 1957 6
Publication: Celebration 60th Anniversary 1967 6
Publication: Celebration Annual Dinners   7
Publication: Celebration Programs- various   7
Publication: Printed Material   7
Publication: Reformation Services   7
Publication: The First 50 Years of LES   7
Publication: Tickets, etc.   7
Various Memorabilia   7
Women's Committee - Benefit Invitations   7
Women's Committee - Correspondence   7
Women's Committee - Meeting Minutes   7
Women's Committee - Printed Material   7

Arranged by Brigitte Conkling; October 2006