The Rev. Johan A. Blilie Collection, available at the Center for Western Studies, consists of a Norwegian Songbook, a Norwegian Bible, a scrapbook, an issue of "EVANGELISK LUTHERSK KIRKETIDENDE" and other notes. Also included are Reverend Blilie's sermons from 1878 through the 1930s. Many of the sermons are handwritten, often in Norwegian, and were delivered at Flandreau, South Dakota and a number of other locations. Johan A. Blilie immigrated to the United States in 1867 and after finishing seminary school became the pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Flandreau in 1880. Johan's first wife was Lena Faegre Blilie (1861-1889), and their daughter, Katharina, was born in 1885. After Lena's death, Johan married Emma Sivesind Blilie (1852-1939). He retired from preaching four years before his death in 1935.
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