Solheim Lutheran Home Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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Solheim Lutheran Home celebrated its 90th anniversary by holding a 1920s speakeasy-themed party on Nov. 2 featuring attendees in Roaring ’20s attire.

The event included complimentary food, vintage drinks and live 1920s music for the guests and residents to enjoy. There was also a silent auction to raise funds for the Eagle Rock retirement community. Solheim relies on donations to help provide charitable care for residents who outlive their financial assets.

“We were thrilled to celebrate this incredible milestone and thank our generous supporters for helping seniors and supporting us along the way. The 1920s theme was a fun way to highlight how far we’ve come since our founding in 1923,” said Solheim Executive Director Jim Graunke.

Adolph Larson founded Solheim Lutheran Home in 1923 as a “cozy Christian home for worthy-aged Norwegians.” At the time, a majority of seniors lived their last years in poverty.

“One of the saddest sights in life is a man or woman having born the heat and struggle of the hard work of the day and when the evening tide comes to have nothing left … Come help us build a cozy Christian home in which to rest when the sun goeth down,” wrote Adolph Larson in 1923 in an appeal to make a difference for seniors.

Solheim started as a 12-room dwelling on an acre of land in Eagle Rock. Today Solheim stands as a tribute to one man’s vision and faith. Since its beginnings in 1923, Solheim has grown into a 2½-acre community that is home to more than 200 residents with more than 150 employees offering four levels of care: residential, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Solheim’s original community of Norwegian Lutherans has expanded to become a diverse group of people of all beliefs who now reside at Solheim.

For more information about Solheim Lutheran Home or to make a donation, visit

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