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Lehr Tabernacle and Church Camp

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1922. 50th Ave. SE at ND 13
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

In 1921, the German Evangelical congregation in Lehr initiated camp meetings and established a Campmeeting Association to develop the campground. The meeting space is an eight-sided wood-framed tabernacle with window panels that open to give the intended effect of a temporary “tent in the desert.” The tabernacle is ninety-four feet in diameter with a central cupola for light and ventilation, and it can accommodate more than 1,000 congregants. The Reverend A. H. Ermel recommended the design based on a German prototype, and local builders led by Phillip Miller constructed the tabernacle. The still-active Campmeeting Association is now affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay



Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Lehr Tabernacle and Church Camp", [Lehr, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 207-207.

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