May 31 - June 7, 1892

Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, Pleasant Park    Map

Find it today: The Review and Herald and Minneapolis Tribune refer to the site as being on Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, although, the Review also refers to it being on Pleasant Avenue which is 4 blocks to the west.  Throughout the years that camp meeting was held here, six years from 1889 to 1894, this area of picturesque countryside dotted with lakes and groves made for a truly pleasant spot for gatherings; baptisms were held at nearby Lake Harriet a few blocks to the west. Today, on the tree-lined Nicollet, there is no semblance of a park - rather the area is filled with small businesses and modest, but tidy, homes.


This meeting was held in the city of Minneapolis, on the grounds occupied last year, in a beautiful grove in the southern part of the city. The meeting was the largest ever held in the state; 168 tents were pitched, and more than eleven hundred camped upon the grounds. The season was late, on account of the continued rainy weather; for this reason it was feared that the meeting would be small, but before the workers' meeting closed it was very evident plans had not been laid broad enough to meet the wants of those who would attend. Elder A. T. Jones reached the grounds Friday of the workers' meeting. A line of Bible study followed, which was deeply appreciated by all. An excellent spirit was present from the first; but as the precious lessons of truth were brought out, the Spirit of God rested upon the encampment, and many were led to praise the Lord for the light that shone from his word. The universal statement was that it was the best camp-meeting ever attended.

The meetings among the Scandinavians and Germans were seasons of much rejoicing. The deep moving of God's Spirit was present in a large degree. Elders J. G. Matteson, O. A. Johnson, and J. M. Eriksson labored principally among the Scandinavians, and Elder F. H. Westphal among the Germans. One principal feature of their work was looking after the interests of Union College, and encouraging young men and women to educate themselves to labor in the cause.

The weather was good except on Monday, when it rained; this interfered somewhat with the meetings and baptism. There were fifty-nine baptized, instead of eighty-nine as stated in brother Olsen's report.

The business meetings passed off harmoniously in every respect. Elder D. P. Curtis, who has served as Conference secretary for a number of years, leaves the State to take his wife to the Sanitarium, hoping she may recover her health, which has been failing for some time. Elder H. F. Phelps was elected to take his place. Elder C. W. Flaiz will spend a part of the season in Manitoba, looking after an interest awakened through the canvassing work.

The meetings among the young people were deeply interesting. Prof. Prescott labored to awaken an interest among them on the subject of education. Quite a number will attend school at Union College the coming year. Meetings for the children were continued throughout the entire camp-meeting. The lessons taught were of a practical nature, such as were calculated to awaken an interest among them to learn more of God by studying the plants and flowers. Such lessons will make a deep impression on their young minds.

The financial condition of the Conference and tract society was never better. All claims against the Conference were met, and funds left in the treasury to begin the work of another year.

The camp-meeting has been held in Minneapolis for several years. On this account it was thought there would be a small attendance from the outside; but when we take into consideration that the great National Republican Convention was to be held the week following the meeting, we think the attendance good. The book sales amounted to over five hundred dollars on the grounds. Sabbath, Elder Olsen preached a stirring discourse, setting before the brethren and sisters the necessity of a deeper consecration to the work of God. Opportunity was given for those who felt themselves in a backslidden condition, and those who wanted to give themselves to God for the first time, to do so, when several hundred came forward for players. The tender, melting influence of God's Spirit came into the meeting, and many were set free in the Lord. It was a precious day, and one long to be remembered. The Sabbath-school was exceptionally good. The donations amounted to $110. Sunday morning, at the early meeting, brother Olsen spoke, referring to the needs of the work in foreign fields, when first-day offerings were made to the amount of $170.

We were happily surprised by seeing Dr. J. H. Kellogg and wife come onto the ground Friday noon. The Doctor spoke several times on the subject of medical missionaries and their work in connection with the cause, also of health and temperance, and its connection with other branches of the work. Their visit was highly appreciated by all. A dining tent was run on hygienic principles. Those having the matter in charge had spent some time at the Sanitarium fitting themselves for that line of work. The interest in health and temperance is increasing, and many see the necessity of adopting the principles. We expect to place laborers in the field to visit churches, giving lessons in healthful cookery, how to dress, and to canvass for the new cook book by Mrs. Kellogg.

Elder N. W. Allee of Missouri who has been assigned a field in Minnesota, was at the meeting. Having had years of experience in the work, he was made a member of the Conference Committee. The laborers left the meeting with good courage; and with the precious lessons of truth learned, we look for success to attend the efforts put forth in presenting the truth in new fields.

A. J. BREED – Review and Herald, July 12, 1892

Lessons of the past
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