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Binghamton has one of the largest concentrations of Orthodox Christians in New York State. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city’s cigar and shoe factories drew immigrants from the most distant corners of Eastern Europe. Within a few short years, an Orthodox Christian community made up of various nationalities flourished in the city, but this unique history has remained largely hidden throughout the past decades. This research will shed light on the role that Orthodox churches played in creating communities among people of Slavic descent and helping them to become "American." It is a story of nationalities, beliefs and integration into the society of this country throughout history. Drawing on the archives of local Orthodox churches and delving into historic newspapers, this project plans to tell the story of the lives of these immigrants and the origin of their communities.



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Stories of Faith and Community: Russian Orthodox Churches in Binghamton