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Haugeanism in America

The Haugean revival created the blueprint of Norwegian American Lutheranism

In 1796, Hans Nielsen Hauge started a religious movement that would change the way Norwegian Lutherans prayed, worshiped, and lived their lives. Hauge's pietistic, low-church style marked a sharp departure from the formal, rigid, and heavily regulated style of the traditional Norwegian church in a way that fired up clergy and laypeople alike. Although Hauge was imprisoned for his beliefs, the movement raged on and affected the Lutherans who immigrated to the United States from Norway.

The Haugean revival had an enormous impact on the psyche of Norwegian American Lutherans and helped shape the early religious landscape of these immigrant communities even as it created controversy. Here are some resources compiled to provide background information on the movement and to guide researchers to more specific materials.


Timeline (coming soon)

This timeline provides important dates about the Haugean revival and its development in America, highlighting events key to Norwegian American Lutheran churches and their impact.

First-Hand Perspectives of American Haugeanism

Links to NAHA records, including diaries and memoirs, about clergy and laypeople who are Haugeans or discuss them.


These biographies provide more information on key members of the Haugean revival and its aftermath, mostly clergy, but also controversial figures like Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Links are included to NAHA records with more information about each individual.

Information about Synods and Lutheran Church

Brief histories and explanations of the different synods and church groups, with links to NAHA records discussing them.