Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Church from a Foreign Land

 A year or two ago, I ran across an article about the Estonian Evangelical Martin Luther Church in Gleason, Wisconsin. For starters, I didn’t even know what Estonia was but I was intrigued enough to look it up.

Estonia is a small country on the Baltic Sea, just across the channel from Finland and north of Latvia. The country has a long, complicated history, only winning independence in around 1920, but then to be overrun by the Nazis during World War II. But before all of that, many of its people immigrated to America looking for freedom and prosperity and some of them settled in northern Wisconsin. The first Estonia church in America was built in 1914 just down the road from the farming community of Gleason.

It still stands, but, man, it needs a lot of work. 
I stopped in to see it for the first time on a rainy day the end of May. Dino rode along, but we decided not to drive up the driveway.  

Like their Facebook page and follow the slow progress (currently it’s pretty slow, let’s hope it picks up). I'd hate to see this cute church lost completely. 

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