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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 has been provided by the University of Minnesota CLA Dean's Freshman Research and Creative Scholars Awardees:  Jennifer Phillips and Joseph Meinholz (2016), Annika Heaps and Madeline Chamberlain (2017), Christina Craig (2018), Teagan Yedica and Griffin Buswell (2019), and Aslee Addison (2020).

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

 NB:  Information provided on this website should not be considered comprehensive. Dates and locations are identified to the best of our ability but with the recognition that it is not uncommon for historical sources to contradiction one another.