Hope Academy (Moorhead, Minn.) photographs, undated
Hope Academy (Moorhead, Minn.) photographs
Undated, circa 1888-1896
1 box (.25 linear feet)
Church and education
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.
Hope Academy was started by Swedish settlers in the Red River Valley, Minnesota, who wanted a church school nearby. The school was short-living, existing from 1888 until 1896. The collection consists of seven photographs from the academy. Included are single portraits of teachers and group photographs of students and teachers.
RIGHTS AND ACCESS
Conditions Governing Access:
Collection is open for research.
Reproduction and Use:
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder.
[item identification], in I/O:36 Hope Academy (Moorhead, Minn.) photographs, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.
ACQUISITION AND RELATED MATERIALS
Transferred from Augustana College Special Collections to the Swenson Center 1981. Original donor is unknown; the photographs indicate they were a gift from L. W. Kling, former choral director of Hope Academy.
For further history on Swedish academies in Minnesota see the article by Emeroy Johnson in the Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly (now Swedish-American Historical Quarterly), January 1981.
Received by Kermit Westerberg in 1981. Finding aid written by Center staff circa 2006. Finding aid revised by Lisa Huntsha in 2019 to follow DACS description convention.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Hope Academy was started by Swedish settlers in the Red River Valley, Minnesota, who wanted a church school nearby. The Rev. J.O. Cavallin, president of the Lutheran Benevolent Society of the Red River Valley, was the first president of the school when it opened its doors to students in 1888. Donations and subscriptions for the school brought in $9,500 and an unfinished hotel building in Moorhead was purchased and remodeled. The school had 55 students and two teachers–J.O. Cavallin and S.A. Challman–when it opened. Enrollment for the 1890-1891 school year reached 140, but in 1892 it sank to 124. The 1890s depression hurt the Red River Valley and they were unable to reduce the $10,000 debt on the building. In 1896, the school closed suddenly.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists of seven photographs from the academy. Included are single portraits of teachers and group photographs of students and teachers.
Photocopy of article on Hope Academy published in Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly, January 1981
Two pieces of letterhead of Rev. S.G. Swenson, Principal and H.W. Ryding, Principal
ph 1: Portrait of Miss Minnie Eastlund when teacher at Hope Academy
ph 2: Portrait of Miss Louise Cervin, when teacher at Hope Academy
ph 3: Portrait of Miss Christine Larson, teacher of Music, Hope Academy
ph 4: Portrait of H.W. Ryding, when principal of Hope Academy (1893-1896)
ph 5: Group photograph of teachers and students of Hope Academy, circa 1895, including (left to right on porch) D.L. Tilderquist, L.W. Kling, H.W. Ryding, Lillie Cervin (in front of Ryding).
ph 6: Group photograph of Hope Academy Chorus (including Marie Dahl)
ph 7: Group photograph of students at Hope Academy