First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis celebrates 132 years and stained glass

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STUGIS, S.D. (KEVN) - Sharing a timeline of history is what folks from the Sturgis community gathered to do Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church.

"The purpose of today was to highlight our Stain Glass Windows and to do our History of the First Presbyterian Church that started in 1886," said Janice Lundgren, a member of the board of directors of the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

With a history going back for centuries, something that shines throughout the place of worship are the 15 relics that rest on the interior.

"Most of these windows have been around since, they were in the original church they came over and some of these were built back in the late 1800s, and the early 1900s," Lundgren continues.

The First Presbyterian Church was built in January of 1887 and its structure has seen many changes since. The stained glass windows that bless the walls today each have a story and a message behind them. However, beyond the meaningful depictions throughout the church being shared at Sunday's program, are the recollections that people brought with them. The program brought out people with connections to the church and others that wanted to learn something new.

"Some of them were local members and some were just interested in history and interested on our windows," Lundgren said.