12/13/14 by Steve Young-Burns
"Latvian Christmas Pageant Rehearsal"
Christmas pageant practice at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Minneapolis and St. Paul at 32rd and 17th. I've ridden past this church a zillion times and never knew it is a center of Latvian culture in the US. Besides the church, the building houses the Latvian School where children learn Latvian culture - language, song, and folk dance. Latvian immigrants bought the building from the original Norwegian Lutheran congregation in 1951, and it's been home to four generations of families with Latvian heritage.
I had wonderful conversations with Janis, one of the teachers and
father to some of the kids in the pageant, and Mara, a parent and
documentary filmmaker. Janis' parents brought their family to the US
after World War II, and he grew up coming to this church.
Mara also grew up going to church here, and she produced this short
documentary on the church and congregation
More information on the building and congregation is here
and here http://metrolutheran.org/2012/07/sustained-by-the-past-excited-for-the-future/.