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.
Philadelphia Latvian Baptists
Pupils and teachers of the Philadelphia Latvian Baptist Sunday School pose for a photograph in the spring of 1934.
First page of the April 1941 issue of Dzimtene, a Latvian Baptist newsletter published in New York. The issue features a drawing of the Latvian poet Jānis Rainis (Jānis Pliekšāns), three of his poems, and a short biography.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
The fall 2011 edition of Haycock Historical News, the newsletter of the Haycock Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The lead story is a history of the Latvians of Haycock Township, including the Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church. It was written by Ralf W. Augstroze.
The Beacon was a Baptist newsletter published in New York that appeared for the first time in April 1929 and continued until May 1934. It was revived in April 1936 and continued until at least 1951, providing news primarily about Latvian Baptist activities. These examples were photographed in the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
The first issue of Drauga Balss (A Friend's Voice) appeared on January 1, 1918, in New York. The periodical replaced Jaunā Tēvija as the voice of Latvian Baptists in North America. Initially it was edited by the Rev. John Birseneek of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Krišjānis Nātre of New York.
The front cover of the March 1943 issue of Drauga Vēsts, a Latvian Baptist magazine published 1942-1947 in New York and edited by Kārlis Purgailis. The special issue in English promoted the Baltic states during World War II.
Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church
The Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church, located at the village of Applebachsville, Pennsylvania, was completed in 1933. The congregation was founded in 1913.
In 1912, as part of an appeal to raise money for a new church, the Rev. Jānis Kvietiņš, then pastor of the First Lettish Baptist Church of Philadelphia, wrote a 16-page pamphlet on the history of the Latvians titled Who are the Letts?: A short historical sketch of the Letts and the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.
The Rev. Pēteris Bušmanis
The Rev. Pēteris Bušmanis, pastor of the First Lettish Baptist Church of Philadelphia, poses for a photograph on the stairs of a home.