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Wisconsin to the north of Chicago has some 10 000 Lithuanians most of whom are descedenents of those who arrived before World War 2 and the rest - shortly after World War 2. Therefore Lithuanian buildings of Wisconsin are old and in many cases closed. All of them are located in the old cities and towns on Lake Michigan shores.

Sheboygan had a Immaculate Conception Lithuanian church (2705 S. 14th St.) and cemetery.

Kenosha has a St. Peter Lithuanian church (2224 30th Ave) - the current building dating to 1966.

Kenosha St. Peter Lithuanian church. Google Street View.

In Milwakee a building of St. Gabriel Lithuanian church still stands (but it is closed).

Former St. Gabriel Lithuanian church in Milwakee. Google Street View.

Milwakee Public Museum includes a "European village" exhibit full of houses that represent the European countryside cultures of 1875-1925 (at the time when European villagers would immigrate to Milwakee en-masse). Among the 33 cultures represented the Lithuanian ethnicity is exhibited as well.

Racine once had a St. Casimir church. It has been closed down in 1998 (merging it with Irish, Slovak, German and Polish parishes). The building (815 Park Ave) currently serves as a baptist chapel.

Former St. Casimir church of Racine. Google Street View.

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  1. SINCE THE 2010 CENSUS THERE ARE 39 FOLKS OF LITHUANIAN DESCENT LIVING IN HAYWARD WI, I CAME UP HERE FROM CHICAGO, MY PARENTS CAME TO THE USA IN 1950.

  2. I was an alter boy in 1938. My parents and grandparents were parisheners.

  3. I am an academic researcher and journalist looking for Wisconsinites with Lithuanian ancestry, particularly those who know of people who fled Lithuania as part of WWII. (particularly Kaunau and/or Vilnius) Please contact me if you have information or contacts. larsoja@uwec.edu

    • The Bartkus family from Kaunas, I think, settled in Kenosha, Milwaukee.
      There is still a Father Michael who travels to Lithuania to work with young people.
      My father, Stanley Bartkus settled in Scranton as a coal miner, later a farmer!


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