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1917-06-05-Treyan-Draft.jpg
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
Martin Treyan's military draft registration card, submitted June 5, 1917, shows his place of birth as Sakkenhausen, Russia, which today is Saka Parish in Latvia. At the time he registered, Treyan was employed as a carpenter in Chester, Pennsylvania.
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Latvian Baptists in Bucks County
A group of Latvian Baptists pose for a photographer as they display a variation on a human pyramid. The image likely was made in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the early 1920s.
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Latvian Baptists in Bucks County
Latvian Baptists pose for a group photograph in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, during a gathering in 1925. The home was that of Juris and Jūlija Burse (George and Julia Burse), one of the first Latvian settlers in the Applebachsville area.
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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.
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Library
Rules for use of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Youth Society's library, housed in the First Lettish Baptist Church, 855 Preston Street. Patrons could check out up to two books at a time and had to return them in two weeks' time.
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Immigrant press
The cover of the May 31, 1920, edition of Grauds, a small periodical published from 1919-1920 in Nova Odesa, Brazil, for Latvian Baptist immigrants. The editor and publisher was J. Kudrin.
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Immigrant press
Kristīgs Draugs was one of several periodicals produced by Latvian Baptist immigrants in Brazil. The monthly, which included the supplements Rīta Rasa and Jaunais Līdumnieks, began publication at Palma in 1931 under the editorship of Jānis Inķis. The publication reached readers in the United States and Latvia, among other locations. Pictured is the cover of the January 1934 issue.
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Latvian Baptists in Philadelphia
The Kurmin (Kurmiņš) family poses for a portrait, likely while still living in Russia. Pictured are Bertha, Tillie (Otilija), mother Leotte (née Petelowetz), father David, Robert, and Adolph.
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American Latvian Baptist Literary Society
Participants pose for a photograph during the annual conference of the American Latvian Baptist Literary Society (Amerikas Latviešu Baptistu Literariskā Biedrība), which took place Sept. 27-28, 1918, in Philadelphia. Pictured left to right are (first row) J. Kvietiņš and Fr. Blumbergs; (second row) Kr. Nātre, P. Bušmanis, J.A. Blumbergs, J. Birzenieks, D. Birzenieks, A. Demberg, K.A. Karolis, H. Lagsdons, and M. Trejans; (third row) D. Kurmiņš, R.J. Monsons, E. Redowitz, H. Egle, J.F. Yunags, F. Ofgants, A.R. Dravnieks, P. Blooms, W. Konsuls, and J. Brakmans; (fourth row) F. Egle, A. Bernhardts, A. Pinkuls, Kr. Sproģis, and D. Blooms.
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Thirtieth anniversary of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Church
A photographic montage, created by Andrew R. Dravneek (Andrejs Dravnieks) of New York, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Church. The congregation, which grew from the merger of two Latvian Baptist groups active in Philadelphia since the 1890s, was formally founded in 1900. The top two and the bottom three rows consist of images from the history of America and Philadelphia, according to a report by Dravneek in the July 15, 1930, issue of Kristīga Balss, a Baptist periodical published in Latvia. The third and fourth rows consist of images from the Philadelphia congregation. In the middle of the third row is the Rev. John Daugmanis; directly below his portrait is an image of Deacon Peter Gertz next to the Rev. Daugmanis.