I was on a mission as a I left the Ludington Beach House - to see the historical markers of Ludington. Never before in all of the history of mankind has a more noble goal been attempted! And I, for the most part, accomplished this goal. Mostly, sort of.
If you find yourself at the corner of South Lavinia Street and East Danaher Street, they you are either a local Ludington resident (a Ludingtoner?) or you're looking for this church. It's tucked away in an ordinary neighborhood a few blocks north of the water. There, a brief look at the history of Christian Scandinavians is revealed. That's the great thing about these historical markers, the hints of what made Michigan of what it is today.
During the 1870s and 1880s, Ludington Swedes, Danes and Norwegians worshiped together as the Scandinavian Lutheran Society. In 1873 the society built a church where all three languages were spoken. The Swedes, who had formed their own congregation on August 3, 1874, assumed sole ownership of the building in 1887. in 1901 they built the present church, designed by local architect Charles Boerner.