A Great Danish American Birthday - P.S. Vig

  • November 07, 2021
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Peter Sørensen Vig (7 November 1854 – 21 March 1929), commonly known as P. S. Vig, was a Danish American pastor, educator, and historian in the Lutheran church. He was integral to the formation of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America (the North Church) and the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church (United Church). (PS Vig photo from The Danish American Archive and Library - Blair, Nebraska)

Comments from the Great Granddaughter of P.S. Vig-
Karen Marie Vig-Keathley

Vig was born in Bogvad, Egtved Sogn, Jutland, Denmark, on November 7, 1854, where he attended school and worked as a farm laborer until 1872. He then attended Askov High School in Denmark from 1872 to 1877 and went on to study for two years under the Rev. H.F. Feiberg. In 1879 he came to America, visited friends in Iowa, and then spent two years in Chicago. In 1882 he returned to Denmark to continue his studies. Two years later Vig was sent to the United States by the Danish American Mission, and on September 20, 1885, he was ordained a minister at Clinton, Iowa.  Photo: The first Danish Folk School in America in Elk Horn, Iowa - From: Dansk luthersk mission i Amerika i tiden før 1884 

He spent several years at Elk Horn and Bowman’s Grove, Iowa, as a minister and an instructor in the high schools. In 1888 he was sent to the seminary at West Denmark, Wisconsin, where he taught for four years and at the same time he took a pastorage at Luck, Wisconsin. From 1894 to 1909 he was principal and instructor at the high school and seminary in Elk Horn, Iowa. He then served as President and Professor of Theology at Trinity Seminary, Blair, Nebraska, until 1928.  He served as President from 1896-99.  Trinity Seminary became a "shared" institution when the "Dana School" (Dana College) was established on the same campus in 1903. - Danish American Archive and Library

Photo: Original Trinity Seminary building constructed 1886.  Later became "Old Main" on Dana College campus and destroyed by fire in 1988. (Blair Historic Preservation Alliance)

At the suggestion of United Evangelical Lutheran Church president Dr. N.C. Carlsen, the Pioneer Memorial Building at Dana College was dedicated to the founders of Dana College. Outside the office of the President of Dana College, was a plaque that read: "This building is named Pioneer Memorial in memory of A. M. Andersen, Kr. Anker, C. X. Hansen, P. S. Vig, G. B. Christiansen, and many other faithful men and women who contributed to the development and influence of Dana College and Trinity Seminary." - Wikipedia

Vig was the author of several books including Danes in America, (1900), Danes in America From 1640-1860 (1908), Danish Immigration to AmericaDanish Lutheran Mission in America up to 1884, and Danes in Battle in and for America.

On June 10, 1884, Vig was married to Karen Marie Madsine Christensen, who died in 1900. Of this marriage four sons survived: Soren T., James E.M., Peter G.A., and Bennet C. Vig then married Karen Oline Olsen on August 6, 1901, who bore him eight children: Eli M.M., Clemens H., Lars Einar, Clarence, Steen B., Arndt M., Ruth E., and Victor Vig.

Peter Sorensen Vig died at Blair, Nebraska, on March 21, 1929. - Wikipedia

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