Grace Church Archives

The Grace Church archives are an orderly body of records which pertain to the history of the Grace Church organization.  These records are preserved in an archives' room on the church premises.  The collection includes audio-visual materials; books; bulletins; correspondence; guild minutes; newsletters; photographs; registers of members and services; scrapbooks; treasurers' reports; and, Vestry minutes.  A more detailed list of the archival contents can be found below.

Researchers should contact the church archivist Betty Potter via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access to the archival holdings.  Fees are charged to cover research costs.  These fees are used to further the mission of Grace Church.




GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ARCHIVES

630 ONTARIO AVENUE

SHEBOYGAN, WI  53081

 

GENERAL:  2-DRAWER and 4-DRAWER METAL FILES:

ACOLYTES

ALL SAINTS CHAPEL

ALTAR GUILD

ANGLICAN CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE STATE, NATION, AND WORLD


BAPTISMAL RECORDS
 

CHOIR/ORGAN

CHRIST CHURCH ITEMS (FROM GREEN BAY)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

CHRISTMAS AND EASTER RITES AND SCHEDULES

CLERGY

COMPANIONS - SISTERS OF THE HOLY NATIVITY (SHN)

CONFIRMATION CERTIFICATES (And Lists of Confirmands)

CONGREGATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

CONVENT

CORRESPONDENCE

CURATE

CURTISS, THE REVEREND

 

DAUGHTERS OF GRACE

DEACON INFORMATION

DEATH RECORDS

DISPLAY CASE

 

FEED THE HUNGARY

FOND DU LAC, DIOCESE OF

FOUNDATION, WALSINGHAM

FURNISHINGS

 

GARDENS OF GRACE

GOVERNANCE, CHURCH

 

HMONG

 

INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST

 

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

LANDMARKING AND LANDMARK INFORMATION

LONG RANGE PLAN - 1995

 

MARRIAGE LICENCES

MASS BOOKLETS

MEMORIALS

MILWAUKEE, DIOCESE OF

MINISTRY EXPANSION (White 3-ring Binder explains program set-up)

 

NAME (GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH)

NASHOTAH HOUSE

NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT (NCD) (3-Ring Black Binder)

NEEDLEPOINT PROJECT

 

100TH ANNIVERSARY - CENTENNIAL YEAR

125TH ANNIVERSARY OF GRACE CHURCH

140TH ANNIVERSARY OF GRACE CHURCH

150TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUETS AND EVENTS:  INCLUDES: 

   BANQUET COMMENTS:  12/6/96 - OPENING OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY

   OF GRACE CHURCH; 12/5/97 - CLOSING OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF

   GRACE CHURCH; TERRY WAITE MATERIALS

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GRACE CHURCH (EVENTS)

150TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK (Includes file of oral presentation to St. Thomas Church, Cleveland, WI)

   

ORAL INTERVIEW NOTES - COINCIDE WITH CASSETTE TAPE

   RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS

ORGANIZATIONS OF GRACE CHURCH AND THEIR RESPECTIVE

   PROGRAMS

ORDINATION PROGRAMS OF GRACE CHURCH SEMINARIANS

OSBORNE, THE REVEREND CHARLES

OUR LADY'S KITCHEN

 

PAINTINGS (PRINTS)

PARISHIONERS, ARTICLES AND LISTS

PAROCHIAL REPORTS

PERRY, THE REVEREND REX

PERSONNEL MANUAL (HARD COPY AND CD) (Includes job description drafts, personnel reports and reviews)

PRINTER'S PLATES (THREE VERY OLD PICTURES OF THE INTERIOR OF

   THE CHURCH AND ONE OF THE BELL INSTALLATION)

 

RECTORY HISTORY

RELIGIOUS ARTICLES (BOOKMARKS, PICTURES, ETC.)

RETREAT CENTERS

 

SKETCHES (Of the Church)

SHOW STUFF (Scripts for musicals and plays performed on the first parish hall stage)

SLOANE, ANDREW

STATUARY

 

TOUR BOOK (MASTER COPY AND BOOKLETS)

TOUR SHEET

TRANSFER LETTERS

TRIPARTITE COVENANT

 

VESTRY 1989

VESTRY1990

VESTRY 1997

VESTRY 1998

VESTRY ELECTIONS

VISION (GRACE CHURCH) -- GROWING INTO GRACE, etc.

 

WALKING TOUR

WINDOWS (STAINED GLASS)


MATERIAL ON SHELVES AND TOP OF METAL FILE CABINET:

 

ALBUMS ( 3-RING BINDERS):

 

   Articles and Church Bulletins of Anniversaries, Dedications, Celebrations: 1892-

   Buildings and Grounds: 1847-

   Clergy and Congregation: 1847-

   Expansion Project: 1995-1997

   Miscellaneous Pictures:  All Saints Chapel and Misc. Chapels; Convents; European Churches;
       Grafton Hall (FDL); Nashotah House Seminary; St. Paul’s Cathedral (FDL); Walsingham 

   Saints of Grace Church (Parishioners who have died) Compiled by Fr. Clark and Michele Whitford
 
   Windows (Stained Glass)

   Negatives

   Slides

 

ALL SAINTS CHAPEL SIGN (Top two-drawer file cabinet)

 

ANGELUS:

 

   September 1896-Easter 1955 (3-Ring Binder)

   Grey Box of Bound Volumes: 1956-1969

   Grey Boxes of Unbound: 1989-

 

ANNUAL REPORTS AND BUDGETS:

 

   1920- (Grey Box)

 

ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:

 

   Proposed Revisions to Altar and Rood Screen: (Flat, grey box)

   Blueprint for Handicap Ramp: 1988 (Flat, grey box)

   Preliminary Architectural Plans: 1994-1995 (Grey, triangular, roll box)

   Alterations and Additions: May 18, 1995 (Grey, triangular roll box)

   Architectural Plans 1995-1996: (Flat Box)

   Tracings of Glasby Windows done when windows were re-paned: 2004 (Grey, flat box)

 

ARTIFACTS: (On open shelving)

 

   Altar Book Stand: Brass

   Chancel Bells: Xylophone Type

   Candle Torches: Long Handled, Wood

   Cross Pole: Wood

   Floor Holder for Poles or Torches

   Kneelers: Velvet, Blue and Red

   Light Fixtures: (One pair of black, lantern style fixtures have been repainted and only need to be rewired for future use.)  


ARTIFACTS CONTINUED:

 

   Grey box contains: Acolyte Crosses

                                 Clergy Collars

                                 Cross: Old, Wood, From High Altar  

                                 Other Miscellaneous Items

 ARTWORK:

 

   Angel Banner crafted by Ruth Whinfield (Long, grey, roll box)

   Hmong Embroidery: Circa 1980 (Grey, triangular, roll box)

 

AUDIO VISUALS:

 

Church inventory slides, 1980s and 1990s  

Slide trays about the history of Grace Church and the 150th anniversary Building On Our Heritage Project

   Cassette tape recordings of parishioner recollections and other topics

 

BOOKS:

 

   Diocese of Fond du Lac:

 

      Journals: 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1888-89, 1891, 1893, 1924, 1929, 1952 (Grey box)

      Framed Documents and Photographs

      Miscellaneous Diocesan Material (Flat, buff colored box)

         A Study of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Fond du Lac, April 1964, by the                       

            Reverend Paul Hawkins, Jr.  (Includes Sheboygan Area; 2 copies with questionnaires)

 

   Family Bibles and Prayer Books (Grey boxes and regular cardboard boxes)

 

   Grace Episcopal Church’s Historic Books (Grey boxes):

 

      Bible, 1845

      Bible appointed to be read in churches, 1869

      Bible Texts, 1899 (Belonged to Nancy Garton, dated 1909)

      Book of Common Prayer, 1867 (Gift of St Mark’s Missionary Society, 1869)

      The Little Catechism of the Chief Truths of Christ’s Religion, 1898

      Miscellaneous Catechism Books

      Miscellaneous Christian Education Books

      Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond

      Hymnal, 1886

      Miscellaneous Hymnals

 

   Grace Episcopal Church’s Historic Books (Grey boxes):     

 

      Inventory of Church Archives of Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Historical Records Survey,   

         1941, (2 copies)

      Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, 1862, (Belonged to Nancy Garton, dated                

         September 13, 1922)    

      Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, 1920, The Edith Cavell’ Edition,                              

         Autographed by Edith Cavell’

      Kyrial or Ordinary of the Mass, by Winifred Douglas, Canon of Fond du Lac, 1933

      Miscellaneous Manuals

      Miscellaneous Mass Books

      Miscellaneous Missals

      New Testament, Property of Alonzo Parker Curtiss, Ordained to the Deaconite at Grace                   

         Church, Sheboygan, Trinity Sunday, 1892, by Charles Chapman Grafton, Bishop of

         Fond du Lac

      Offices or Introits ... from the Sarum Gradale, adapted by the Reverend G. H. Palmer, 1935,

         Music Doc.

      Peoples’ Mass Book, 1948

      Miscellaneous Philosophy Books

      Practice of Religion, 1939

      Miscellaneous Prayer Books

      Roman Correspondence, Rt. Rev. Charles C. Grafton, S.T.D., Bishop of Fond du Lac, 1909

      Server’s Manual, by Robert F. Lau, 1916

      Study of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Fond du Lac, April 1964, by the                              

         Reverend Paul Hawkins, Jr.  (Includes Sheboygan Area; 2 copies with questionnaires)

      Votive Masses for the Use of the Church of England, 1902

 

      Hmong Catechism (Grey box):   

 

   Books on Open Shelving:

 

      Amazing Grace: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance, 1997 (Flawed and perfect copies)

      Books authored by Bishop Ramsey

      One Hundred Years of Sheboygan: Village 1846-1946, City 1853-1953

      Remembrance Book (Lists memorials and donors up to 1969)

 

BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE FILES (Grey box)

 

BUILDING ON OUR HERITAGE EXPANSION (1997) (Grey box):

 

      Contracts

      Facility Manuals

      Orders

      Sketches

 

BUILDING ON OUR HERITAGE (1997) (Grey box):  Fund raising material

 

BOY SCOUT MATERIAL:

 

   Artifacts (Grey, flat and rectangular boxes):

 

      Awards

      Badges

      Belt

      Caps, Hats

      Certificates

      Decorative Items, Brass and Woven

      Fiftieth Anniversary Items

      Flags

      Lantern Slide Plates of Boy Rangers, 1926

      “Life Magazine”, January 2, 1939, Featured article: Scout production of Romeo and Juliette

      Necktie slides   

      Pins

      Posters

      Program and Script from Campus Capers 1937

      Program from Romeo and Juliette 1938

      Ribbons

      Scarves 

      Shirt

      Sweatshirts

      Statue

 

   Books (Grey boxes):

 

      1915 Yearbook of Konrad Testwuide

      1917 Yearbook of E.C. Garton     

      1918 First Edition Handbook of Konrad Testwuide

      1931 Handbook of Bob Garton

      1938 Handbook of Father Elwell

      1948 Handbook of Gordon Werner

 

BOY SCOUT MATERIAL CONTINUED:  

 

   Files, Miscellaneous (Grey box)

 

   Journals, Photograph Albums, Scrapbooks (Grey boxes):

 

      Boy Scout Troop 1, Early History, Beginning Nov. 16, 1912

      #1 Organization, Original Journal, Feb. 21, 1911

      #2 Photographs, 1911-1918

      #3 Clippings, Sept. 1, 1914

      #4 Clippings, 1915-1916

      #5 Records, 1916

      #6 Records, Letters 1916

      #7     Clippings, Sept. 1, 1922

      #8     Early Rokilio

      #8A   Rokilio Views, Sept. 1, 1928

      #8B   Clippings, 1928-1930

                Scout Jamboree, England 1929    

      #9      Clippings, 1930

      #10    Clippings 1930

      #11    Clippings 1932-1936

      #12    Clippings 1940-1944                                                          

      #12A  Photos 1940-1944

      #13     Clippings (Area) 1947

      #14     Clippings 1947

      #15

      #16     National Training

      #17     Camp Rokilio Leadership Manual 1947

      #18     Scrapbook of Fred H. Puls,

                 Five Mounted Newspaper Articles on Cardboard

                 Harold Whinfield Memorial Information, 1949-1994  

                 Photographs (Within 3-ring photo binders of Grace Church and Scout storage boxes, or displayed                      throughout church):

                Cedar Lake, Fr. Curtiss pictured with Troop 1, 1912

                First Camp, Cedar Lake, 1912

                Memorial Day, 1913 (2 copies)

                Basketball Team, 1912-1913

                Troop posed in front of City Hall or Court House?

                Harold Whinfield receiving VFW award, 1945 (?)

 

CURTISS, REVEREND A. PARKER (Large, flat, buff colored box of memorabilia)

 

DOCUMENTS (Large, flat, grey box):

 

   Earliest Grace Church Documents:

 

      Instrument of the Organization of Grace Church Parish, Dec. 6, 1847

      Envelope of Church History, 1852-1972

      Pew Rental Chart

      Building Consecration Document, July 1, 1875

      Document Binders with enclosed Property Agreements and Wills

      Layout of Parish History Book 1972

      Book Jackets for 150th Anniversary Book, Amazing Grace:A Sesquicentennial Remembrance

 

FRAMED ARTIFACTS, DOCUMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHS (Top of two-drawer file cabinet):

 

   Boy Scout Badges and Pins

   Christmas Pageant, Circa 1920-1930

   Countryside, Barn Scene, Pink Overtones (Collectible painting)

   English Hunting Scenes (Valuable prints) 

   WWI Veterans of Grace Episcopal Church

 

GUEST BOOKS:

 

   All Saints Chapel

   Grace Episcopal Church, Nov. 2, 1969 - July 23, 1984

 

GUILD RECORDS (Grey Box):

 

   Altar Guild

   Grace Guild

   St. Catherine’s Guild

   St. Joseph’s Guild

   St. Mary’s Guild

   Women’s Auxiliary

 

PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS (With church or Scout scrapbooks in grey boxes):

 

   Centennial Eastertide, April 8, 1945

   Musical Satire Presented by Boy Scout Troop 1, Dec. 9, 1939, Romeo and Juliette

 

PICTURES, FRAMED AND UNFRAMED, MISCELLANEOUS (Large, flat, grey box):

 

   Blessed Virgin Prints, Old German

   Circa 1910-1920 Pictures of High Altar with Mary and Joseph Statues Flanking Altar

   Circa 2005 Framed Pictures of Church Interior at Easter for Display Case

   Framed Pilgrimage and Shrine Color Pictures for Display Case

   Framed Picture of Curate Dean Smith, Deacon Michael Burg, and Seminarian __?

   Laminated Press Article of Father Sloane in Walsingham Shrine

   Miscellaneous, Framed Pictures of Father Mills’s Ministry

 

PICTURES, OLD GLASS PRINTER PLATES, OLD GRACE CHURCH PICTURED

   (Small, rectangular, buff colored box)

 

PILGRIMAGE/SHRINE FILES (Grey box)

 

RECORDS OF SERVICES (Grey boxes):

 

   August 6, 1905 - Easter 1908

   Easter 1908 - April 27, 1917

   January 1, 1921 - January 4, 1932

   January 1, 1933 - April 22, 1942

   April 23, 1942 - December 31, 1950

   January 1, 1951 - July 22, 1953

   July 23, 1953 - June 17, 1956

   June 18, 1956 - August 4, 1958

   August 5, 1958 - December 11, 1965

   December 12, 1965 - December 31, 1969

   January 1, 1970 - September 10, 1972

   September 12, 1972 - August 23, 1976

   August 24, 1976 - April 4, 1981

   April 4, 1981 - January 18, 1985

 

REGISTRIES, 1847 - _ (On open shelving):

 

   Baptisms

   Confirmations

   Deaths

   Marriages

   Saints of Grace Church - List of parishioners by death dates which correlate with Saints’ Days

      on calendar

 

SCRAPBOOKS (Grey boxes):

 

   Parish Centennial, 1947  

   All Saints Chapel, 1952

   Choir, 1950-1955

   Father Elwell, 1942-1955

   Father Mills, 1969-1979, 1980-1988

   Pilgrimage, 1951-1965 and 1970

 

SIGNS, CARDBOARD, WOOD, VINYL:

 

   All Saints Chapel (Open shelving and top of two-drawer file cabinet)

   Columbarium (Large plastic bag, standing on floor against shelving)

   Grace Episcopal Church (Open shelving)

   Hmong (Open shelving)

   Service Schedules (Large plastic bag, standing on floor against shelving)

   Walsingham Shrine (Open shelving)

 

TREASURERS REPORTS:

   1847-1893 (3-ring binder)

   1956 Account Books

   Receipts in shoe boxes

   Some reports attached to Vestry minutes

   

VESTRY MINUTES, 1894 - _  (Grey boxes)

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Archive Research Fees

Actual Expense

  • Minimum $2.50
  • Actual postage
  • 25¢ / copy

Hourly Charge

  • Episcopalians — 1st hour, no charge; additional hours, $25 / hour
  • Non-Episcopalians — $25 / hour

After the 1st hour we will contact you to ask if you want us to continue. Billing made when project is complete.

Mary Statue

This Mary statue has been loaned to Grace Church by the Trustees of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Originally, the statue was the property of the former Christ Episcopal Church in Green Bay, WI.

In religious art, like this statue, theological ideas are conveyed through historical interpretation, color and symbolism:

  • The VIRGIN appears as a very young woman, when Christ was a young child.
  • Her proper DRESS is a close red tunic with long sleeves, over which a blue robe or mantle is worn. The colors are pale and delicate.
  • In Historical pictures, her dress is very simple, but, in devotional figures, such as this statue which represents her as Queen of Heaven, she wears a splendid CROWN.
  • The CHRIST child in her arms is depicted the way he is seen in the Greek and very early pictures, clothed in a little tunic, generally white.
  • The GLOBE, the emblem of sovereignty, is in the divine Child’s hand.
  • The Child holds up TWO FINGERS to represent both the human and divine nature of Christ.
  • The Child is shown BAREFOOT to signify that God descended to earth and took on our humanity. The bare feet also show that God has taken on the body of man.
  • ROSARY BEADS, like the black string on the statue, are usually constructed of wood because Christ died upon a wood cross; although sometimes the beads are made of plastic, metal, or seeds.
  • A STRING of Rosary beads includes 59 beads, with 50 beads grouped into ten decades.
  • PRAYERS, counted on the beads are prayed to the Mother of Jesus and represent a personal commitment to the Mother of God as intercessor, blessed mother, and heavenly patron and protector of God’s faithful followers.
  • When a full fifteen decade rosary is prayed, the prayers mirror the 150 PSALMS.
  • The CRUCIFIX is always attached to the end of Rosary beads to signify that the Rosary prayers are a meditation upon life, death, and resurrection of Christ through the eyes of His mother.

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