Thursday, August 27, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 27

August 27, 1980 – Eveleth’s Resurrection Church, originally called Holy Family Church, was named to the National Register of Historical Places on this date. A Gothic Revival brick-and-stone church designed by A. F. Wasielewski, it was built in 1909 as a religious, cultural, and social center for the Slovenian community.

Resurrection Church, Eveleth, Minn.

Resurrection Church, originally named Holy Family Church, began on this site as a small wooden structure in 1899. For two years prior, monthly services were conducted in the Eveleth town hall by Father Matthias Bilban, who served the entire Mesabi Range under noted pioneer missionary Joseph Buh.

Reverend James Hogan, the church’s first residential pastor, was assigned in 1903. Finding it difficult to communicate effectively with a predominately Slovenian congregation, the Irish priest was replaced by Father Bilban, who spoke Slovenian fluently. In 1904, the church was designated one of only four national Slovenian churches in the United States. English speaking members petitioned the diocese for their own parish. They established St. Patrick’s Church with Father Hogan ad pastor.

The number of immigrant mine workers had increased significantly by 1909, warranting a larger church.
A. F. Wasielewski, an Anoka, Minnesota, church builder, constructed this Gothic brick structure, which cost $32,025.Thousands of people attended the dedication on May 29, 1910, making a procession 17 blocks long.

In 1978, St. Patrick’s Church and Immaculate Conception Church, established by Eveleth Italians in 1914, merged with Holy Family Church, uniting Eveleth Catholics as one congregation. This structure, renamed Resurrection Church, was retained as their place of worship. The other two churches were later dismantled.

National Register of Historic Places

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Aug. 27, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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