Congratulations to Brianna Vorce, the winner of the 2013 Concordia College Archives Poetry Contest. Brianna's poem, titled Ten Miles South, is included to the right of her photograph . Thank you to all who participated in this contest!
TEN MILES SOUTH
of Moorhead, straight down Highway 75,
the four of us pull over, park the car
by a corn field, take our blankets from the trunk,
along with the beer we wouldn’t drink. Tonight
we’ve put away the essays, the exams
and interviews. We walk through the ditch,
wind picking up burrs, sticking them to our hair,
our sweatshirts and jeans. A burst of dust,
dirt, and seed from under the brambles
and dead thistles after our footsteps--
almost unseen except for its haze in the
light from the lone streetlamp and the
itch in our eyes. We find a soft spot, less
coarse than the rest, spread a quilt, just one
under the four us. Lie, hip to hip, shoulder
to shoulder, fold the other quilt over us,
cutting the chill of the wind. From here,
town is only the reflection of light
on the clouds above, like a distant floating
bonfire. The college, our home for now,
is no longer visible. We’re in between this town
and the next, between our parents’ homes
and our own, with withered corn husks rustling
like whispered words. Beneath our blanket,
the soil is uneven—tilled under for next year’s crop.
Now it rests, waiting for the winter, the spring,
and the rain. And while we watch for stars through
the breaks in the clouds we tell riddles. What goes
out when it’s wished on? A candle. The breeze
picks up and we pull the blankets tighter.
The more you have of it, the less you see.
Darkness. A car passes, its headlights sliding
over us. What are you doing after graduation?
A pause –broken cornstalks find soft spots
in backs, legs, and heads. We don’t answer,
but sit close, sharing warmth against the wind.
The Concordia College Archives has completed the full description for the records of the Office of Church Relations (Record Group 23) and is now available on its public catalog. These records, over thirty-one linear feet, document the many projects and programs undertaken by Concordia College and administered through the Office of Church Relations, as well as the records of Lutheran Church groups affiliated with the college.
The bulk of the records are those documenting the Women's Missionary Federation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church for the North Dakota and Northern Minnesota districts and the Lutheran Daughters of the Reformation of the Northern Minnesota District. The Women’s Missionary Federation records are extremely rich in documenting the work of Lutheran church ladies aids. A complete list of individual ladies aids is included in the on-line description. Some include histories of the church, parsonage as well as photographs. There are also scrapbooks documenting the WMF at the district level. An interesting historical note is found in the Goose River Ladies Aid of Hatton, N.D. history with this quote (translated from the Norwegian) from the 1909 meeting minutes “A motion was passed that no one is allowed to have more than four food dishes at a ladies aid meeting. If anyone violates this rule they must pay a fine of $5.00.” The ladies aid history goes on to state “The amusing part of this ruling is, that though the women made it themselves, they refused to live up to it. One member served eleven kinds of cake only a short time later and was never fined.”
In its efforts to reach out to Lutheran churches, clergy and lay persons in the region, Concordia sponsored a number of programs including the Lutheran Churchmen's Seminar held on the campus from the 1950s to 1962 designed to bring together both clergy and laymen for spiritual refreshment and stimulus. The Conference on Church Archives & Anniversaries held on-campus and other regional sites from 1986 to 2000 assisted churches in collecting and preserving church archival records and planning church anniversary celebrations. The Maasai Scholarship Program documents in great detail the partnership of Concordia with the Lutheran Church in Tanzania from 1998 to circa 2006 to bring female students of the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School at Monduli, Tanzania to study at Concordia and to assist the development of the school. Part of the records is a rich collection of photographs by Sheldon Green of the Maasai in Tanzania and on campus.
The Archives public catalog is part of the on-going effort to provide easy access to the collections preserved in the College Archives. Additional records are being added to the catalog on continuing basis. We welcome you to visit the on-line catalog. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.
To search all collections described to-date by term or browse subjects and creators go to the Public Catalog at: https://cord.cuadra.com/starweb4/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb4?path=l.skca-catalog/skcacatalog.web
The Concordia College Archives will be sponsoring a campus-wide poetry contest throughout the month of April in order to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Students, faculty, staff and fans of the College Archives are invited to join the contest. Poems can be written in the individual’s choice of style, but the poem must be about Concordia College in some regard. Poets should email their poems to email@example.com by April 19th. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of the College Archivist, students, and a guest judge, Bill Snyder, who specializes in poetry within the English Department. The winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Cobber Bookstore. The winning poem will be added to the College Archives collections and will also be featured in The Concordian.