Dec 09, 2013
Concordia’s Christmas traditions did not begin with the Christmas Concert.
Since Concordia’s founding, the Christmas season has been one of celebration. While the best-known tradition is that of the annual Christmas Concert, Concordia’s Christmas customs did not always include this Concordia staple.
Nov 18, 2013
Johan A. Holvik, who chaired the Norse department, directed the Concordia College Band on its first international tour.
The son of Norwegian immigrants, Johan A. Holvik was born in 1880 near Madison, S.D.
Holvik attended St. Olaf College, where he discovered his passions for Norwegian and music. After graduating in 1907 and teaching Norwegian at his alma mater…
Oct 28, 2013
Helga Fjelstad, who was responsible for overseeing all elements of food service at the college, was like a mother to many Cobbers.
Helga Fjelstad, college matron from 1895 to 1921 and 1923 to 1930, was born in Norway in 1864.
Fjelstad immigrated to the United States in 1885 and lived in New York and Minneapolis before coming to Fargo, N.D. When Fjelstad arrived at Concordia…
Oct 14, 2013
Concordia's athletic complex was named in honor of this legendary football coach, who led Cobber football teams to 197 wins.
Nicknamed the “sly fox” for his cunning plays, Jake Christiansen led Concordia’s football team to its first undefeated season just one year after beginning his coaching duties.
Christiansen was born in 1900 in Marinette, Wis., and grew up…
Sep 30, 2013
This dean of women was known for being both strict and encouraging with students.
Frida Nilsen, Concordia English professor and dean of women, was born on May 30, 1894, in Scandinavia, Wis.
Nilsen attended St. Olaf, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and later a master’s degree in education from the University…
Sep 03, 2013
While Concordia was termed a college at its inception, the school operated as an academy in its early years.
In reference to Concordia College, an 1891 newspaper advertisement states: “A preparatory school for both sexes. Comprises a business, a practical, and a classical course. Teaches the principles of Christianity, also English, Norwegian, German…
Jun 01, 2013
The first of these royal visits occurred in spring 1939 when Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha visited the United States.
Founded by Norwegian Lutheran Americans, Concordia has maintained a strong connection to heritage throughout its history. This heritage has created opportunities for close ties to Norway, including musical tours to the homeland and visits of…
May 01, 2013
In 1929, this farm became known as the college farm, which supplied the college with produce and meat for more than a decade.
In April 1929, the Concordia Board of Directors purchased the Henry D. Schroeder farm located 2.5 miles southeast of Moorhead.
This farm became known as the college farm, which supplied the college with produce and meat for more than a decade…
Apr 01, 2013
The flood of 1943, which is not on the list of the top 10 Red River historic crests, infiltrated Concordia’s campus.
The Red River Valley is no stranger to floods. And neither is Concordia. The flood of 1943, which is not on the list of the top 10 Red River historic crests, infiltrated Concordia’s campus. The library, which was then located in the basement…