"Krasnoyar, Russia-The Trinity Lutheran Church"

By Mike Boss
Mixed Media on Board
12" X 18"

From the Collection of Karen and Don Soeken, Ellicott City, Maryland

This new church built of wood was completed in 1861 and dedicated on 9 July 1861. It was called Trinity Lutheran Church and is said to have seated 1,500 worshipers.

The church bells were removed from the belfry in 1929 during a celebration honoring the October (1917) Revolution. They were taken to Katharinenstadt and melted down to become parts for the manufacture of the first Soviet tractor called the "Dwarf". Over the decades, the church went through several changes and was finally torn down in the 1980s.