Telling the stories of an overlooked immigrant Latvian community

This project, a work in progress, documents the religious experience and cultural production of Latvian Baptist immigrants to North America before World War II. The primary goal is to research the periodicals and other publications generated by these immigrants.

The nexus of the Latvian Baptist communities in North America was Philadelphia, and in particular West Philadelphia.

As a first phase, this project is documenting individual members of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society who appeared on a commemorative photographic postcard created in 1916. The project also is cataloguing the Latvian Baptist press in the United States and Brazil.

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Do you have information about or artifacts related to the early Latvian Baptists in America? Contact Andris Straumanis and help build this documentary project.

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Pēteris and Valija Bušmanis

The Rev. Peter and Valia Buschman (Pēteris and Valija Bušmanis) pose for a photograph, ca. 1924. Valia was Peter's second wife. They had one daughter, Camille.