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Property Name Saint Henry's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Reference Number 13000665
State Michigan
County Houghton
Town Laird Township
Street Address M-38
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/4/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Ethnic Heritage: Finnish
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St. Henry's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery reflects the long Finnish American heritage in the Nisula area in Houghton County's Laird Township and, more broadly, in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Finnish settlement in the township began in 1894, and the church and cemetery property at Nisula was set aside during that year and the present church built in 1904. St. Henry's Church and Cemetery form the pre-eminent local landmark of the area's long and continuing Finnish heritage. Nisula was the first Finnish Lutheran congregation established in the area and its building is the oldest Finnish Lutheran church building in the area.


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