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About This Project


This research project brings together data on congregations and houses of worship created by early settlers in nine neighborhoods that developed in the earliest neighborhoods developed along the Mississippi River in St. Paul and Minneapolis between 1849 and 1924. It explores a number of topics: community creation, ethnicity and identity, relationships among congregations, intra-congregational interactions, the role of houses of worship, and social class structures. Its goal is to document for future generations the legacy of the historic neighborhoods that were one home to their forebearers.

The project is a collaboration between independent scholar Marilyn J. Chiat, Ph.D., and University of Minnesota Director of Religious Studies, Jeanne Halgren Kilde, Ph.D.  

Research assistance has been provided by Anduin Wilhide, Jeffrey Kerzner, Molly McDonald, Benjamin Hulett.

Additional research assistance was provided by Jennifer Phillips and Joseph Meinholz through the University of Minnesota CLA Dean's Freshman Research and Creative Scholars Awards 2016 program. 

Inquiries may directed to Jeanne Halgren Kilde at jkilde@umn.edu or Marilyn J. Chiat at chiat@earthlink.net