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An Italian missionary who designs his own churches

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church is one of at least 20 church buildings in the upper Mississippi River valley designed and erected under the supervision of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, a Dominican missionary and amateur architect. Mazzuchelli was born in Milan, Italy in 1806 and came to the United States at age 22. His original missionary work focused on the Green Bay area, but in 1835 he transferred his efforts to the lead mining areas of the Upper Midwest. In Wisconsin he founded congregations in Prairie du Chien, Potosi, Schullsburg, and New Diggings. Mazzuchelli's memoirs are available elsewhere on Turning Points.

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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
19th-Century Immigration
Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin
Creator: Mazzuchelli, Samuel
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places.
Citation: St. Augustine Church. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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