"Norka Bell Tower"
by Michael Boss
From the collection of Blackwell Properties, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio

Many of the Volga colony churches had a bell tower and Norka was no exception. Bell towers were normally used to summon the congregation to church. The bells were rung for funerals and fires as well. During inclement weather, such as snowstorms, the bells were used as a homing device.

Gouache on Rag Board

14" X 18"