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.


The WELS Historical Institute will host their first livestream event and welcome Stephen Gurgel as he shares The War to End All Germans on Thursday, August 6 at 8:00 pm Central Time.  Join the event at www.livestream.com/welslive.

Video previews of our presentation series on DVD are now available.  See the fall presentation series section for details.

A new section about the Sesquicentennial of the Landmark Church has been added. Many photos from the event can also be found in our galleries section. 

A section for donating to the institute, including how you can use Thrivent Choice to support our work, has been added to the menu on the left.

The database of past issues of the WELS Historical Institute Journal is now complete through Volume 29 (2011).  The Unified Table of Contents for the entire run of the Journal through 2010 is also now available in the file database.  Click on the Journal link to the left.