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1927-00-00-MA-RagaOrkestris.jpg
Music
A photograph published in the August 15, 1927, issue of Kristīga Balss shows the brass orchestra of the Boston Latvian Baptist Congregation. In the back row, the man standing third from the left was identified as orchestra director A. Hansons.
1919-00-00-PA-PirmasSkanas.jpg
Print culture
The cover of a rare collection of religious poetry, Pirmās skaņas, self-published in 1919 by a Latvian Baptist, M. Mureneek (M. Mūrniece), in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The author's forward suggests the poems were written in an urban setting, most likely in Chicago.
0000-00-00-PA-YouthSocNotice.jpg
Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society
To remind members to attend, the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society sent them notices of meetings such as this one. The text stressed the importance of participation.
1906-02-08-PA-NeubukFamilyAvots.jpg
Latvian Baptists
The Rev. Jānis Neibuks (John Neubuch, Neubuck, Neubuk) and his family are pictured in the February 8, 1906, issue of the Baptist periodical Avots, published in Rīga. Neibuks was the second pastor of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Church and also served as pastor of the Boston church.
1902-01-00-AmerikasLatvietis.jpg
Immigrant press
The first issue of Amerikas Latweetis (Amerikas Latvietis) featured on its front page a poem by the Latvian Baptist writer Krišjānis Nātre. The periodical was published in Philadelphia from 1902-1905.
1944-04-16-PA-MissionarySoc.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Members of the Women's Missionary Society of the First Latvian Baptist Church of Philadelphia pose for a group photograph on April 16, 1944, as they mark their 50th anniversary. The women's group began its work in 1894.
1932-04-17-PA-MasuPulcins.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Members of the Women's Missionary Society (Māsu misiones pulciņš) of the First Lettish Baptist Church of Philadelphia sit for a photograph on April 17, 1932. The society began its work in 1894. According to the Latvian Baptist journal Kristīga Balss, those pictured in the first row (left to right) are L. Gertz, M. Upmal (founding member), E. Krastin, M. Licke (founding member), R. Inke, M. Fischer, K. Sommer, L. Girgen, and L. Upeneek. In the second row (left to right) are S. Grikman (former chair), J. Egle (former chair), M. Pluhme (former chair), A. Treyan (secretary), A. Yunag (vice chair), Natalija Peterson (chair), M. Brenson (treasurer), L. Robinson (learned secretary), J. Luhks (manager), and A. Johnson (officer). In the third row (from left to right) are E. Fuhrman, E. Luhks, M. Pawelkop, A. Aldin, J. Krusen, A. Yunag, and L. Spruhde. In the fourth row (from left to right) are M. Stanislaw, A. Smit, K. Lukewitz, M. Dambis, L. Fischer, L. Reke, E. Johnson, M. Kamer, and A. Spruhde.
1942-08-23-NY-DraugaVests.jpg
Immigrant press
The front page of the August 23, 1942, issue of Drauga Vēsts, newsletter of the First Latvian Baptist Church of New York. Editor of the newsletter was Kārlis Purgailis.
1922-00-00-NJ-IHRCA-Lavallette.jpg
Lavallette, New Jersey
A group of unidentified men and women pose for a snapshot on the beach in Lavallette, New Jersey. The man on the right possibly is the Rev. Pēteris Bušmanis. The seated woman on the right possibly is his second wife, Valija Bušmanis. Lavallette was a popular vacation spot for Latvian immigrants and their descendants, including the Baptists.
1917-06-05-Yunag-Draft.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
James Frederick Yunag's military draft registration, dated June 5, 1917, shows that he claimed exemption from the draft because of his religious faith.