The Augustana Institute at LTSP

The Augustana Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been created to reflect the living legacy of the Augustana tradition. We firmly believe the spirit of Augustana is alive and well among the pastors and lay leaders that serve the church, and in the many congregations that continue the work of mission, ecumenism, and evangelical worship that embodies Augustana.

We are committed to nurturing this living history by focusing not only on the past, but touching the lives of people today through the programs and opportunities that LTSP is uniquely equipped to offer. Simply, we believe Augustana has never died, but is living on through the people who share the same vision of a church that embraces all of God’s people as the communion of saints.

With its location at LTSP, The Augustana Institute has access to its faculty and facilities. In addition, it is fortunate to have located nearby, the American Swedish Historical Museum and Swedish Colonial Society in Philadelphia, and The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society in Wilmington, Delaware, which also give the Institute access to their facilities and resources, along with those of LTSP, helping to preserve the Augustana heritage and to encourage scholarship, archival research, and cultural exchange. Accessible extensive archives, a museum displaying significant items from Augustana congregations and authors, sponsorship of lectures and forums, and an exchange of American and Swedish pastors and students are essentials of the Institute.

Archival and museum items reflect the Augustana tradition and heritage in the eastern states including the former Upsala College and 150 churches in the former New York Conference, which extended from Maine to Florida.

As host of the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia, LTSP is custodian of treasured archives relating to the Augustana heritage in New England and elsewhere on the East Coast. A current list of Augustana Institute archival materials can be found here (pdf, contents as of June 2012).