Thorvald Hansen


history, immigrant archives, Danish heritage


One cannot say with any degree of finality why Enok Mortensen became the historian and archivist of the Danish, later the American Evangelical Lutheran Church. This much, however, is obvious--he was interested in it. Only a genuine interest could have caused him to work diligently at it for a long period of time and to write the history of the church with which he had become intimately familiar. The records do not indicate that he received any monetary reward for his efforts, nor that he sought any. He hoped that others would share his interest and do whatever was in their power to preserve the records of the past. Time and again, for example, he appealed for people to send archival items and museum pieces to him that they might be properly preserved.