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*Fairport Harbor's Zion Celebrates its 125th*
BY SHARON OJANPA MACKEY
The Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, held a very special program on Monday, September 12, 2016. This year marks the 125th anniversary of Zion Lutheran Church in Fairport Harbor. The Museum meeting room was packed when member Jeff Werronen presented a 42 slide demonstration showing the history of this church. Tim Hadden, also a Museum member, provided the technical talent to keep the show running smoothly.
In 1885, the Finnish people, who had come to work and live in Fairport, would worship in each others’ homes, commercial buildings, or the Congregational Church building (the oldest church in town, built in 1869). In 1891, 73 people met with a pastor from Ashtabula, Ohio, in a second story room above a store next door to the Wolf Saloon on Water Street, and started the Zion Lutheran Church.