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Eesti Kogudused Kanadas (Estonian Congregations in Canada) records

Identifier: IHRC3221


Collection consists of materials from different Estonian congregations: Hamilton Lutheran Congregation, Montreal St. John's Lutheran Congregation, Estonian Baptist Congregation in Toronto, St. Andrew's Ev. Lutheran Church in Toronto, Estonian St. Jacob's Congregation in Toronto, Estonian Holy Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Toronto, St. Peter's Estonian Ev. Lutheran Church in Toronto, St. Peter's Estonian Ev. Lutheran Church in Vancouver and Estonian United Congregations in Vancouver. Materials mostly consist of congregations' bulletins and booklets of church services. There are also two issues of "Läänekaare Postipoiss" - magazine of the Vancouver Estonian Society.


  • 1955-1990

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Swedish


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Canada Synod of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK Kanada Praostkond), chaired by provost Hannes Aasa, presides over all the Estonian Lutheran Congregations in Canada: Hamilton Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1950), London St. Paul's Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1950 by Oskar Puhm, Ernst Lootsma was elected as the first pastor and Ernst Reima as the first chairman), Montreal St. John's Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1949 by Karl Raudsepp), Ottawa St. Paul's Lutheran Congregation, St. Catherine's Lutheran Congregation, Sault Ste. Marie Lutheran Congregation, Toronto St. Peter’s Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1948, Oskar Puhm was elected as the first pastor), Toronto St. Andrews Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1949 by Karl Raudsepp), Vancouver Lutheran Congregation (founded in 1950). Three congregations have their own church (Montreal, Toronto St. Peter's, Vancouver). Estonian Lutheran Congregations in Canada had 4049 members in 2006 and 2424 active members in 2011. At least 4 congregations have been permanently dismissed – Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto St. Jacob's and Toronto Holy Trinity.


5 linear inches


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), the BaltherNet non-profit network, and the IHRC Archives in May 2014. Birgit Nurme and Pille Aguraiuja of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


IHRC3218 - St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Toronto

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