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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church

St. Paul's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
1. St. Paul's Church Marker
(Obverse Side)
St. Paul's Church
Under the leadership of Justus Gage (1805-1875), this structure was built as a Universalist church. Completed at a cost of $3,000, it is Dowagiac's oldest public building. At the time of completion, it was the town's only auditorium. Women's rights advocates Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Anna Shaw, Mary Livermore and Susan B. Anthony spoke here, as did black civil rights supporter Sojourner Truth. Performers appearing in the auditorium included Ole Bull, the Norse violinist. Episcopalians first met here in 1897. The Romanesque style exterior has remained virtually unchanged; however, the interior was remodeled extensively in 1959, when Dom Francis Bacon, O.S.B., (1903-1967) added mosaics and decorations reminiscent of very early churches.

(Reverse Side)
Episcopal Church
The first recorded Episcopal gathering in Cass County was conducted by Bishop Philander Chase in 1832. In 1858, under the auspices of the Trinity Church of Niles, the first Episcopal services in Dowagiac were held. In 1897 the Reverend R.H.F. Gairdner of Niles helped establish
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By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
2. Episcopal Church Marker
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St. Alban's Mission. The mission rented this property. After St. Alban's Mission dissolved in 1903, a small group of Episcopalians continued to meet informally until 1911, when St. St. Paul's Mission was formed. The mission first leased this structure, then purchased and remodeled it in 1913. On June 8, 1915, St. Paul's was established as a parish of the Diocese of Western Michigan. The consecration of this building as an Episcopal church was held on December 17, 1919.
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L1028A.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1942.
Location. 41° 59.082′ N, 86° 6.74′ W. Marker is in Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is on Courtland Street, 0.1 miles west of Center Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 Courtland St, Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial (about 600 feet away); Willis M. Farr
St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
3. St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church Marker
View to west along Courtland Street
(about 600 feet away); Criffield-Whiteley House / Harry and Sara Ethel Whiteley (approx. ¼ mile away); Dowagiac World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Dowagiac Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Indian Lake Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dowagiac.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
4. St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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