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Sims Scandinavian Lutheran Church

Approximately 6 miles south of the Byway on the Almont Exit. Look for Sims Church sign on the right side of the road.
Sims, ND
Phone: 701-843-7634

Lat:46.7704  Lon:-101.496

The Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Sims was organized in 1884 by a grouop of Scandinavian immigrants and Reverend O.J. Norby.  The first structure built was a parsonage with living quarters on the first floor and meeting space on the second floor.  In the early 1900's a new wood-frame structure was built to serve the congregation.  Although most of the families have moved away from Sims, the church continues to be used by the mostly rural congregation. 

In 2006, after the Sims Parsonage had born extensive deterioration and stood empty for 25 years, the Sims Historical Society, in cooperation with Preservation North Dakota, began its restoration. With fifty thousand dollars in grant money from PND matched by the Sims Church and over two thousand hours of volunteer labor, the project was completed in 2007. On October 2, 2008, the Sims Scandinavian Lutheran Church was visited by former First Lady Laura Bush. North Dakota was the last state she visited and she remarked, “I have saved the best for last.” Mrs. Bush was the honorary chairperson of the Save America’s Treasures program, which provides funds for restorations of historic sites. The parsonage in Sims was selected personally by her.

Phone: 701-843-7634