VISION

The Valley Grove Preservation Society seeks to maintain two historic churches listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both in the Valley Grove Cemetery grounds, as well as taking responsibility for managing the surrounding 50-acre oak savanna restoration.

MISSION

To restore, refurbish, and maintain both the 1862 stone church and the 1894 wood church by means of skilled labor and artisans guided by high standards of care.

To understand, respect, and communicate the historic legacies associated with Valley Grove and handed down from early Norwegian settlers.

To manage the surrounding 50 acres of land using the best understanding of how to create a landscape that approximates that experienced by the early Norwegian settlers.

To make the Valley Grove site, and surrounding oak savanna available for both public and private uses compatible with the mission.

To raise and steward funds to further the mission of the Society.

UPDATE
May 2021 – Norwegian Tapestries for the Stone Church
Valley Grove Preservation Society received a $9,500 grant from Partners for Sacred Spaces to commission Minneapolis weaver Robbie LaFleur to design and weave four tapestries woven in the traditional Norwegian billedvev style. The tapestries will illustrate the history of the church, its congregation, and the flora and fauna surrounding Valley Grove. LaFleur will offer demonstration lectures at Valley Grove occasionally during the grant cycle, which ends in May 2022. Look for her at the annual September social on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Meanwhile, watch her creative process on her blog https://robbielafleur.com under the heading “Valley Grove Tapestries.”

LOCATION

The Valley Grove GPS address is 9999 155th Street E, Nerstrand, MN 55053 Get Directions

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 21, 2021:  UCC Men’s Group

June 26, 2021: Wolf/King Wedding

July 4, 2021: “First UCC church service “

August 7, 2021: Bull – Heller Wedding

September 11, 2021: Greeneway Johansen Wedding

September 19, 2021: Country Social

October 2, 2021:  Wolf Hegland Wedding

October 3, 2021:  Weavers Guild of MN

October 16, 2021: Family retreat

December 24, 2021:  Christmas Eve Service  10 pm music starts 9:45

July 16, 2022:  Memorial Service

July 23, 2022:  Wedding of Davin & Krista

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