Ethnic Life in the South Shore Region CSUMC logo
In order to explore the ethnic life of the region, we will first take a look at the settlement days.
European presence along the South Shore of Lake Superior began with the voyageurs and missionaries as early as 1659. Settlement of the land and towns in this region, however, did not occur until a period from 1840 to 1920, during the second large wave of immigration to the United States. People migrated to the South Shore region, as to other parts of the country, because of the need for labor and raw materials to support the rapid industrial expansion taking place in the United States.
They left their old homes because of a lack of land, work, or idealogic freedom in many of the European countries. These two urges opened wide the gates of passage from Scandinavia and Eastern and Southern Europe to "New Worlds."

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