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The Painted Churches of Texas

The Painted Churches History

Coming to a New Land

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any Czech and German settlers came to Texas in the mid-
1800s looking for economic opportunity and religious freedom.

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Most of these men and women worked hard to establish themselves and to develop communities similar to their hometowns. A main component of what they wanted to recreate was a strong place to worship.

The painted churches were often the second or third church building these communities erected. The churches embody the aspirations of immigrant communities that had reached a certain maturity.

The churches became a symbol of success for these
new Texans who had survived the transition from the homeland, acquired the much-sought-after land, built schools for their children, and finally, established beautiful churches to nurture their spirits and sustain their faith.

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