Welcome to the official website for the WELS Historical Institute!

The institute exists to preserve and present the history of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Here you will find information about becoming a member, the institute's activities, historic Salem Landmark Church, institute publications, and more.


See the Presentation Series section and Events Calendar for information about the 2016 WELS Historical Institute Bus Tour, which takes place this year on August 5.

Plans are underway to begin construction for a new WELS archives and visitor center in the lower level of the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry (CMM), Waukesha, Wis. You can read the full report at the WELS website, here.

Volumes 30-32 of the WELS Historical Institute Journal have been added to the online database in the Journal section.