"In the footsteps of the pioneer": Ethnic Settlers and Their Churches in Brown County

"In the footsteps of the pioneer": Ethnic Settlers and Their Churches in Brown County

Brad Tennant explores ethnic community building in the late 1800s and early 1900s. New immigrants tended to settle together based on their ethnicities, and for many, the church became a central space to gather and create a new community. In Brown County, this connection led to the listing of four churches—Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Welsh—on the National Register of Historic Places. Tennant is a professor of history at Presentation College in Aberdeen.


Image to the left is of a picnic at the Savo Township Finnish Lutheran Church.