On Saturday the seminary was the site of the installation of LCMS president Matthew Harrison to his second term and as such many clergy dignitaries were present. This included Wilhelm Torgenson, a professor at Concordia Seminary St Catharine's in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Although born in Canada, Pastor Torgenson spent most of his ministry in Berlin and Wittenberg Germany. The reason I bring this up is because his clergy apparel at the installation service had many wondering.
It may not show up unless you click the photo to enlarge, but he is wearing a very different clergy collar, it was ruffled. After some detective work, I've learned that this collar is named the Ruffled collar. Makes sense, eh? This collar was distinctive to Danish and Norwegian clergy beginning in the 1600's and since Torgenson is either a Danish or Norwegian name, it makes sense.
Here's an old picture of another clergyman, Herman Amberg Preus, born in Norway in 1825, immigrated to America in 1851, and was instrumental in forming the Norwegian Lutheran synod in 1853. He also wore the Ruffled collar. But he was also the grandfather of a Minnesota Governor, the great and great great and great great great grandfather of LCMS clergy.