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 the individuals who lived in West Philadelphia, several of whom were the editors, writers, and poets whose work appeared in Latvian Baptist publications of the period.

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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.

A Latvian baptism in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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Former site of Rochester Theological Seminary

All that is left of the former campus of the Rochester Theological Seminary, 300 Alexander Street is now home to upscale apartments. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of Latvian Baptist immigrants studied here.