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Historic Madison church prepares for big move

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A 121-year-old Madison church is preparing for a big move.

Burke Lutheran Church was founded in 1851, but the current building dates back to 1899.

Recently, the church added new offices and a fellowship hall, but leaders are looking to expand more. They are planning to add a new officer and education wing.

In order to build the additions while preserving history, the church will move 300 yards to clear up space.

Congregation Treasurer Bruce Boseben tells 27 News several families have ties to the church's beginnings.

"There are quite a few families that were original to the founding in 1851 that are still represented here," Boseben said. "People have had their sunday school and confirmation, wedding and funerals here generation after generation."

Congregational President Linda Hughes says the additions to the church will help with accessibility as well.

"The church and the building that we here that we tore down, everything was not accessible," Hughes said. "It's like we get to keep the best of the old and put it with the new and make it so it's all one level and everybody can enjoy it."

Church leaders say they hope to have the building completely moved next week. They are aiming for December services.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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