The Power of the Spirit
The Power of the Spirit attempts to tell the story of the building of many of the Portuguese churches in California and the people who built them. The churches today stand as sentinels, attesting to the sweat, tears, and sacrifices of the Portuguese communities throughout the state. These people were motivated by a profound sense, deeply ingrained by their history and upbringing, of sustaining a heritage and tradition.
The digitization of this exhibit is a work-in-progress. There are dozens of churches in this exhibit, and each will be made available as its content is digitized.
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Telling the story of the building of many of the Portuguese churches in California and of the people who built them.
Many Portuguese immigrants came to Oakland from Hawaii seeking a better life in the growing industrial town of Oakland.
By 1849, news of the gold strike in California had spread around the world.
One of the earliest Portuguese Churches in California is Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.
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