Facilities

Koren Building, Luther College

The history department is located in Koren Hall, along with the departments of political science, education, anthropology, sociology, and social work. The college's archaeological collections are also housed in Koren.

On-campus resources can be found in Preus Library, an outstanding facility for a college the size of Luther with seating for more than 1,000 students and a collection of more than 340,000 volumes, subscriptions to more than 1,000 periodicals and newspapers, and a 400-volume rare book room. There are three especially impressive historical collections at Preus Library: one of Norwegian-American history; another concerning the Lutheran Reformation and the college's namesake, Martin Luther; and the Luther College Archives, which houses the official records of the college dating from 1861 as well as unofficial papers of faculty and student organizations.

Extensive off-campus historical resources can be found at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, located in Decorah's business district. The museum houses one of the largest and finest ethnic-heritage collections in the United States. Originally part of the college, the museum is open to Luther students at no charge.