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Hegre Norwegian Lutheran Church of Bawlf

Bawlf, Near

Other Names:
Hegre Church
Hegre Lutheran Church

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Heritage Value

Character-Defining Elements


Street Address: N/A
Community: Bawlf, Near
Boundaries: Portion of the southeast quarter of Section 2, Township 47, Range 17, West of the Fourth Meridian
Contributing Resources:

ATS Legal Description:
Mer Rge Twp Sec LSD
1 (ptn.)

PBL Legal Description (Cadastral Reference):
Plan Block Lot Parcel

Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
53.018289 -112.371998

UTM Reference:
Northing Easting Zone CDT Datum Type


Recognition Authority: Province of Alberta
Designation Status: Registered Historic Resource
Date of Designation: 1997/05/09

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)
Historic Function(s): Religion, Ritual and Funeral : Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Current Function(s):

The Hegre Church is the oldest building remaining in the Gladstone area. For many years, it served as a hub of social and religious activities for pioneers. Local residents feel that it reflects the history of the area. The church is no longer used for services but it is available for special occasions and is open for public viewing.

The church and indeed, the entire area, is a good example of the multicultural nature of early Alberta settlement patterns. The name Hegre was taken from a district in Norway from where many of the original parishioners emigrated. Most Norwegians came from Wisconsin to Calgary in 1886 to work for a lumber company, but many more began farming in 1893 at Bardo, in the Camrose area. Norwegians established over twenty settlements within a fifty-mile radius of Camrose, making it the most concentrated area of Norwegian settlement in Canada.

Additional Information

Object Number: 4665-0660
Designation File: DES 1848
Related Listing(s):
Heritage Survey File: HS 72423
Website Link:
Data Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 1848)
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