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Term: Eastern Orthodox in Wisconsin

Definition: Greeks, Syrians, Serbs, and Russians were some of the last Europeans to arrive in Wisconsin but each made contributions to the religious landscape. Russians began immigrating to Wisconsin in the late 1890s.  Those that settled in the rural northwestern section of the state were generally "Uniates," people with Eastern Orthodox rites who still recognized the supremacy of the pope and were thus still part of the Roman Catholic Church. Uniates tended to be ignored by other Catholics so in 1909, these Russians abandoned their ties with the Roman Catholic Church and established Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the first Russian Orthodox church in northern Wisconsin. In 1910, an Orthodox Christian Church was established that included Czechs, Slavs, Croatians, Galicians, Moravians, and Russians. Poles, Slovaks, and Ukrainians organized an Orthodox congregation in 1908 at Lublin in Taylor County.  All of the Russian Orthodox in the north became members of the Russian Orthodox Church in America. The Serbians and Syrians, like another wave of Russians, favored the industrial opportunities along the lakeshore in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and they began organizing orthodox churches there. Greek immigrants also favored the eastern lakeshore and Milwaukee Greek Orthodox churches became the social and spiritual centers of the Greek community.  World War I divided what had been a fairly homogenous Greek community into two rival parishes: those who supported neutrality and those who supported the Allies.

[Source: Wisconsin's Cultural Resources Study Units, Wisconsin Historical Society]

56 records found

Earl, Anthony S. 1936
Earles, William Henry 1852 - 1908
Earling, Albert John 1848 - 1925
Early, Michael P. 1918
Earnest, James Harrison 1818 - 1900
Eastern Orthodox in Wisconsin
Eastman, Ben C. 1812 - 1856
Eastman, George Burden 1811 - 1892
Eastman, Seth 1808 - 1875
Eaton, Edward Dwight 1851 - 1942
Eaton, Samuel Witt 1820 - 1905
Edgerton, Benjamin Hyde 1811 - 1886
Edgerton, Elisha W. 1815 - 1904
Edwards, Benjamin Eugene 1845 - 1916
Edwards, Ira 1893 - 1943
Ehle, Ida Pope
Eielsen, Elling 1804 - 1883
Eikenberry, Jill 1947 -
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Ela, Richard Emerson 1812 - 1888
Elconin, Michael H. 1953
Eldred, Anson 1820 - 1895
Eldredge, Charles Augustus 1820 - 1896
Elfers, Earl H. 1913
Ellis, Albert Gallatin 1800 - 1885
Ellis, Michael G. 1941
Ellsworth, Lemuel 1836 - 1898
Ely, Richard Theodore 1854 - 1943
Emery, John Quincy 1843 - 1928
Enderis, Dorothy 1880 - 1952
Engeleiter, Susan Shannon 1952
Engelmann, Peter 1823 - 1874
English immigrants in Wisconsin
Episcopals in Wisconsin
Ernst, August Frederic 1841 - 1924
Erpenbach, Jon B. 1961
Erskine, Manessa Berthier 1819 - 1894
Esch, John Jacob 1861 - 1941
Eschweiler, Alexander Chadbourne 1865 - 1940
Eschweiler, Franz Chadbourne 1863 - 1929
Essie, Patrick 1953
Estabrook, Charles Edward 1847 - 1918
Estabrook, Experience 1813 - 1894
Esterly, George 1809 - 1893
Estonians in Wisconsin
Etherington, George, ca. 1722-1802.
Evangelicals in Wisconsin
Evans, Curtis Alban 1879 - 1947
Evans, Evan Alfred 1876 - 1948
Evans, Joseph Spragg 1875 - 1948
Everest, David Clark 1883 - 1955
Everett, Charles Horatio 1855 - 1947
Everson, Harland E. 1917
Evinrude, Ole 1877 - 1934
Evjue, William T., 1882-1970
Ewing, Mark Clayton 1869 - 1922

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