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A Significant Past with an Exciting Future....means we have a big responsibility!

Willerup History, Archive & Cemetery

Willerup Church is like no other. Our impressive church has played an important role in the story of Scandinavian Christianity, Cambridge and the surrounding area since 1851. After a concerted effort by volunteers, church members and generous families we are open to the public year round. These days, it is an important ancestral research destination in the region and a must-visit site for visitors of all ages. No matter the season or the weather, there’s always something to learn and discover at Willerup. Come and see the Oldest Scandinavian Methodist Church in the world for yourself. Join us for worship Sundays at 10AM!

Himmelske Lovesang - Childrens choir 1984
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In 1984, our Children's Choir sang the Norwegian hymn Der Himmelske Lovsang, "The Heavenly Anthem."  Please enjoy this recording!

Click the image for a review of Willerup History, prepared for our 170th Anniversary by our Church Historian.

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Are you searching for deceased family members or interested in family ancestry? We can help!

Willerup Methodist Cemetery and its Church was established in 1851 and is identified as the oldest Scandanavian Methodist Church in the World. The Cemetery is located at 414 W. Water Street, Cambridge, Dane County, Wisconsin. The decimal GPS coordinates are 43.00210 and -89.02251. This places the church and cemetery in Dane county, Wisconsin.

History & Archives

Sometimes searching for information about people, places and things can be a daunting task--it is an important journey and significant to the living and our ancestors. It is our commitment to make this area of our website growing and changing as we add stories, details and historical information. 

Please contact us at if you have questions or need assistance in your search. We are honored to help.


Livsreise Norwegian Heritge Center


Livsreise translates to “Life’s Journey.”

Discover the movement which brought thousands of Norwegians to the area known as Kaskeland. Immigrants woven into the rich fabric of the Wisconsin frontier seized the opportunity to leave their homeland and come to the Wisconsin prairie to make a new life for themselves and for the future generations. 

Livsreise is a fantastic collection of history, culture and technology that will ignite your passion to learn about the Norwegian culture and heritage...and more importantly be inspired to learn more about your own family of origin.

You can visit Livsreise in Stoughton, Wisconsin

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