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First Union Church, Hanging of the Greens ceremony, Williston, N.D.
First Union Church, Hanging of the Greens ceremony, Williston, N.D.
TitleFirst Union Church, Hanging of the Greens ceremony, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1974-12
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionIt has long been a tradition in the First Union Church to celebrate the Christmas season during an annual worship service known to all as "The Hanging of the Greens." This photograph was taken in 1974 following the service in which soloists, the Cherub Choir, the Church Choir and the String Ensemble participated, singing and playing Christmas Carols and other sacred music.
Everyone on the photograph could not be named but the following, listed in alphabetical order - not left to right - were identified: Jeff and Stephanie Bawdon, Judy and Rhonda Bower, Jennifer and Susan Domrese, Danny, Lisa and Mike Egemo, Kay and Kris Erickson, Valerie Hanson, Jim Howard, Bentaro Huset, Pam Jannsen, Donna Kirschenman, Doug and Kristi Law, Jim McCoy, Donna Nicks, Karla and Rod Paschke, Ronnie and Sissie Pankowski, Wayne Rau, Dean Shaw, Russell and Steve Schilke, Kelly and Lisa Stuen, Gary, Kim and Paul Warren, Reann Woodhams.
General SubjectPeople
City & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Holidays
Choirs (Music)
Personal NameWoodhams, Reann
Warren, Paul
Warren, Kim
Warren, Gary
Stuen, Lisa
Stuen, Kelly
Schilke, Steve
Schilke, Russell
Shaw, Dean
Rau, Wayne
Pankowski, Sissie
Pankowski, Ronnie
Paschke, Rod
Paschke, Karla
Nicks, Donna
McCoy, Jim
Law, Kristi
Law, Doug
Kirschenman, Donna
Jannsen, Pam
Huset, Bentaro
Howard, Jim
Hanson, Valerie
Erickson, Kris
Erickson, Kay
Egemo, Mike
Egemo, Lisa
Egemo, Danny
Domrese, Susan
Domrese, Jennifer
Bower, Rhonda
Bower, Judy
Bawdon, Stephanie
Bawdon, Jeff
Organization NameFirst Union Church (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-21-5-1
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original7 x 7 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
Transcription"Hanging of the greens 1st Union Church 1974 Christmas"--Handwritten on back of print
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Bibliographic ReferenceThis photograph appeared in A Force for Good: A Centennial History of the First Union Church, 1889-1989. The description was derived from Shemorry's caption on page 75.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-21-5-1)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws12151
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