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July 25, 2008

Two Lutheran churches pursue the origins of mysterious paintings

A recent article in the Winona (Minn.) Post told the story of an effort to restore a painting found in storage at Central Lutheran Church. After the article was published, it was revealed that another copy of the painting – this one nearly twice the size – existed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Hayfield, Minn. There, too, churchgoers have been working to learn more about the painting, which is believed to have been standing behind the altar since the church was built in the 1920s.

The Winona Post writes:

Trinity Lutheran Church was built in the early 1920s, and at 78, parishioner Arlene Bjornson has been there almost the whole time.

She is, Trinity office staff said, the unofficial expert on historical issues about the church, and it turns out Bjornson has been exploring a little mystery of her own regarding the enormous resurrection painting at Trinity.

A while ago, Bjornson said, she stumbled across an article about a church in New York, a Lutheran church with a lovely sanctuary. But it was a photo of the sanctuary that caught Bjornson's eye, as she spotted the unquestionable twin of her beloved painting in Hayfield hanging inside.

Read the entire article at the Winona Post's Web site.

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