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Historical Marker

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

In 1849 the Revered Wilhelm Hattstaedt founded a Lutheran congregation in Hillsdale. It was organized in 1854 under the Revered Phillip Trautmann as the German Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church. Construction on this building began in 1854, making it the oldest Church building in the City of Hillsdale. At its founding, the church planned to hold services in German exclusively; but like many ethnic churches, by the end of  World War I

It help all services in English.

For its fiftieth anniversary in 1904, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church upgraded its interior with a new brass chandelier, Steel ceiling tiles and a 1,050-pound bell. The church acquired the building next door. Lakeview School, in 1954 and renamed it Lutheran Hall. The building has housed church meeting space, the Hillsdale County Senior Center and the King’s Kupboard Food Pantry. Later additions and the back of the Church and 

Lutheran Hall provided 

more space and accessible entrances.

Sunday, October 18, 2020, Dedication of our Historical Marker


Historical Marker Dedication

Due to the pandemic, we held a brief dedication of the marker during worship when it was installed. We will hold a larger celebration when it is safe to do so.

The Michigan History Center 

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