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Akron, Ohio

Akron Lithuanian community has a rather sad history: while Lithuanians there managed to establish their own St. Peter church in the 1910s, by the 1920s already their parish was made territorial - that is, its Lithuanian nature removed. The remains of it then dissipated and the church demolished.

The sole reminder of the city's Lithuanian past is its Biruta street where the church used to stand. It is named after Birutė (100 years ago often referred to as Biruta), a semi-legendary Grand Duchess of Lithuania (Grand Duke's wife). The area where Biruta street is now laid has been once owned by the Lithuanian Land Development company.

The start of Biruta street with the site where the Lithuanian church used to stand in front

The start of Biruta street with the site where the Lithuanian church used to stand in front

Akron is surrounded by the villages of another minority which saved its heritage much better: the Amish, who still live similar to the lifestyle they led 100 years ago.

The map

All the Lithuanian locations, described in this article, are marked on this interactive map, made by the "Destination Lithuanian America" expedition (click the link):

Interactive map of Ohio Lithuanian sites

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