The WELS Archives preserves WELS past for future generations.
A sister entity to the Institute is the WELS Archives. In 2016, the Wisconsin Synod hired its first official synod archivist and began moving the synod archives from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, to a purpose-built archival space, designed to preserve and organize historical WELS documents, books, and artifacts at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Are you conducting research? The WELS Archivist may be able to help!
In conjunction with the archives, a visitor’s center was built to help show the history and mission of WELS. The visitor center is open for tours during weekdays.
The Histories section is only a sample of the 1000’s of artifacts found at the WELS Archives. Recent additions are highlighted below.