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.
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.
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.
A photograph of the Rev. Peter Buschman (Pēteris Bušmanis) baptizing an unidentified person in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1916. Bucks County, a rural area north of Philadelpia, developed into a "colony" for Latvian Baptists.
Latvian Baptists in West Philadelphia
A group of men, most likely members of the First Lettish Baptist Church in Philadelphia, play a game of baseball.
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.
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.
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.
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.